By David Nasaw
Celebrated historian David Nasaw, whom The manhattan instances booklet Review has referred to as "a meticulous researcher and a funky analyst," brings new lifestyles to the tale of 1 of America's most famed and profitable businessmen and philanthropists—in what's going to end up to be the biography of the season.
Born of modest origins in Scotland in 1835, Andrew Carnegie is healthier often called the founding father of Carnegie metal. His rags to riches tale hasn't ever been instructed as dramatically and vividly as in Nasaw's new biography. Carnegie, the son of an impoverished linen weaver, moved to Pittsburgh on the age of 13. The embodiment of the yankee dream, he pulled himself up from bobbin boy in a cotton manufacturing unit to develop into the richest guy on this planet. He spent the remainder of his lifestyles gifting away the fortune he had accrued and crusading for foreign peace. For all that he complete and got here to symbolize to the yank public—a wildly winning businessman and capitalist, a self-educated author, peace activist, philanthropist, guy of letters, lover of tradition, and unabashed fanatic for American democracy and capitalism—Carnegie has remained, to this present day, an enigma.
Nasaw explains how Carnegie made his early fortune and what triggered him to offer all of it away, how he was once drawn into the crusade first opposed to American involvement within the Spanish-American warfare after which for overseas peace, and the way he used his friendships with presidents and best ministers to aim to tug the area again from the threshold of catastrophe. With a trove of latest material—unpublished chapters of Carnegie's Autobiography; own letters among Carnegie and his destiny spouse, Louise, and different kin; his prenuptial contract; diaries of relatives and shut pals; his purposes for citizenship; his vast correspondence with Henry Clay Frick; and dozens of non-public letters to and from presidents furnish, Cleveland, McKinley, Roosevelt, and British top ministers Gladstone and Balfour, in addition to associates Herbert Spencer, Matthew Arnold, and Mark Twain—Nasaw brilliantly plumbs the middle of this facinating and intricate guy, deftly putting his lifestyles in cultural and political context as just a grasp storyteller can.
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