""A superb new account of the legendary industrialist and philanthropist's life... timely, balanced... revealing."" --""Barron's""
.""..Krass provides a detailed thorough and thoughtful appraisal of a major figure..."" (Times Higher Educational Supplement, 14 November 2003)
Yet this complex man embodied the contradictions that divided America in the Gilded Age. Was he truly the tyrant that many thought him to be, a ruthless robber baron who worked his men to death for his own personal gain . . . or was there more to this man who gave away his immense fortune, who has at times been invested with the virtues of a saint?
The first full biography of this industrialist and philanthropist in thirty years, Carnegie delves into the mind of a generous yet ruthless man who wore many masks throughout his life. Peter Krass captures the drama behind the building of Carnegies empire, revealing how he manipulated the rules of fair play and how he was a pioneer in philanthropy. He separates fact from the Carnegie legend by relying heavily on diaries, letters, and other writings by both primary and peripheral characters in Carnegies life as well as on the copious Carnegie-related archives.
Carnegie was devoted to his family and friends and believed himself to be a hero of the working people. But his actions bespoke internal conflict: he publicly supported the unionsand then wallowed in riches while his laborers struggled to meet their daily needs. From Carnegies meager beginnings to his multimillion-dollar fortune, Krass takes a probing, insightful look into what inspired and moved this contradictory business giant.
A great insight to Carnegie's business practices and philanthropies. Highly recommended for anyone interested in knowing the life of Andrew Carnegie.Published 15 months ago by Americana
It is somewhat easy at this distance to either demonize Carnegie for his business methods or to laud him as one of the great philanthropists of the 19th and 20th centuries. Read morePublished 15 months ago by FJR
This is a big, detailed and well-researched, but ultimately unsatisfying, book about a fascinating and deeply conflicted man. Read morePublished 23 months ago by N. J. Cowell
Why is this book is so unsatisfying? Is it because Carnegie was an egotistical drudge, a control freak, and a boring person? Read morePublished on January 13, 2013 by Calochortus
Wonderful book. Very detailed account of Carnegie's public and private life from his birth to death, his humble beginings in Scotland to his rise to become an American steel magnet... Read morePublished on December 4, 2012 by William F. Snyder
This biography was very well done. At first, as noted by the author, I felt it was going to be an attack on "Corporate America" by a liberal. It was balanced. Read morePublished on August 3, 2012 by TCC CORPORATE
'Carnegie' is a fascinating look at the life and times of Andrew Carnegie. It looks at his upbringing, various business deals, political ideals, peace activism and his... Read morePublished on January 30, 2011 by Spider Monkey
There is a wealth of info found here on our subject Andrew Carnegie. Carnegie was not a man born of any particular means. He struggled to better himself like millions of others. Read morePublished on October 12, 2010 by Jim Martin