Andrew Carnegie  -     By: David Nasaw
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Andrew Carnegie

Penguin Books / 2007 / Paperback

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Born of modest origins in Scotland in 1835, Andrew Carnegie is best known as the founder of Carnegie Steel. His rags to riches story has never been told as dramatically and vividly as in Nasaw's new biography. For all that he accomplished and came to represent to the American public--a wildly successful businessman, peace activist, philanthropist, man of letters, and unabashed enthusiast for American democracy and capitalism--Carnegie has remained, to this day, an enigma. Nasaw explains how Carnegie made his early fortune and what prompted him to give it all away, how he was drawn into the campaign against American involvement in the Spanish-American War and how he used his friendships with presidents and prime ministers to work for international peace. With a trove of new material, Nasaw plumbs the core of this fascinating and complex man, placing his life in cultural and political context as only a master storyteller can.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 896
Vendor: Penguin Books
Publication Date: 2007
Dimensions: 8.44 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0143112449
ISBN-13: 9780143112440
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Publisher's Description

In this magnificent biography, celebrated historian David Nasaw brings to life the fascinating rags- to-riches story of one of our most iconic business legends-Andrew Carnegie, America's first modern titan. From his first job as a bobbin boy at age thirteen to his status as the richest man in the world upon retirement, Carnegie was the embodiment of the American dream and the prototype of today's billionaire. Drawing on a trove of new material, Nasaw brilliantly plumbs the core of this fascinating and complex man, at last fixing him in his rightful place as one of the most compelling, elusive, and multifaceted personalities of the twentieth century.

Author Bio

David Nasaw is the author of the nationally bestselling biography The Chief: The Life of William Randolph Hearst, winner of the Bancroft Prize for History, the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, the Ambassador Book Prize for Biography, and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He is currently a distinguished professor of history and Director for the Humanities at the City University of New York Graduate Center.

Editorial Reviews

"The definitive work on Carnegie for the foreseeable future, and it fully deserves to be."
- John Steele Gordon, The New York Times

"Never has this story been told so thoroughly or so well as David Nasaw tells it in this massive and monumental biography."
-Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post

"Beautifully crafted and fun to read."
- Louis Galambos, The Wall Street Journal

"The definitive Carnegie biography has arrived."
-USA Today

"Nasaw delivers a vivid history of nineteenth-century capitalism."
-Fortune

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