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The relationship between industrialists Andrew Carnegie and Henry Clay Frick is an illuminating window on American capitalism as well as a fascinating study of how a strong partnership can give way to vicious acrimony. Les Standiford tells the story of the two men in Meet You in Hell, a book that draws its title from Frick's angry rejoinder to Carnegie's late-in-life attempt at reconciliation. Carnegie and Frick, in Standiford's estimation, represented all that was good and bad in American capitalism. They were self-made men, rising from blue-collar backgrounds to become titans in the burgeoning American steel industry, some of the wealthiest men in the world, and loyal partners, even if they were always somewhat short of being actual friends. But they were also pivotal figures in the infamous Homestead Steel strike, where Frick, acting on implicit orders from Carnegie, dispatched hundreds of private security guards into a testy labor situation, resulting in mayhem and death on all sides and forever casting a pall over the history of American labor relations. While Carnegie and Frick's acumen in getting rich is given due credit, Standiford also tells of the workers who were exploited or killed in that same effort. Standiford presents Carnegie and Frick without prejudice, demonstrating their fierce competitiveness, short tempers, business savvy, and troublesome character flaws. The reader also comes to realize that, although there were some negligible differences, the two men are so similar and so powerful that a falling out was inevitable. Meet You in Hell is a valuable insight into the ideas and personalities that shaped American industrialization as well as an interesting parallel to a contemporary economic reality where American jobs, particularly in the manufacturing sector, are threatened and often lost to overseas labor. --John Moe --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
As witnessed here, Carnegie and Frick were both born to poverty and both became wealthy and powerful. Carnegie (1835-1919) and Frick (1849-1919) amassed fortunes in the steel industry and donated millions of dollars for the benefit of the public. Their business practices and the principles they embodied not only made them the industrial potentates of their time but continue to influence boardroom and labor relations practices to this day. But the Homestead steel strike in 1892 led to the bloodiest conflict between management and labor in the U.S. history and was the beginning of the end of the legendary Carnegie-Frick alliance. Standiford, the author of 14 previous books, brings his writerly experience to bear on this intriguing account of these two men's lives and of the industrial growth of the U.S. George Cohen
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Excellent story about the man who became the world's richest. Read like a fiction novel even though it is nonfictionPublished 8 days ago by mbyock
This was a well-written book on two large characters on the stage during the building out of the railroads - and the building of the United States - late 19th and early 20th... Read morePublished 13 days ago by Louis610
I learned a great deal of knowledge about that time period in history. It was written in a manner which placed me in the room while the story was unfolding.Published 2 months ago by djl
A well researched and written book about events and decisions in a period of US history that shaped labor relations for decades to come. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Barry Morris
My interest in this book stems from my childhood outside the Pittsburgh, PA area that would qualify as "steel country. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Pen Name
Insights into the operating practices of " big steel " at the end of the 19th century and into the 20th. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bruce M. Kerner