Andrew Carnegie

  • by David Nasaw
  • Narrated by Grover Gardner
  • 32 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Andrew Carnegie, whose lifetime spanned the era from the beginning of the Industrial Revolution to the First World War was America's first modern titan. In this magnificent biography, celebrated historian David Nasaw brings to life this period of unprecedented transition - a time of self-made millionaires, scabs, strikes, and a new kind of philanthropy - through the fascinating rags-to-riches story of one of our most iconic business legends.The Scottish-born son of a failed weaver and a mother who supported the family by binding shoes, Andrew Carnegie was the embodiment of the American dream. In his rise from a job as a bobbin boy in a cotton factory to being the richest man in the world, he was single-minded, relentless, and a major player in some of the most violent and notorious labor strikes of the time. The prototype of today's billionaire, he was a visionary in the way he earned his money and in the way he gave it away.Nasaw explains how Carnegie made his fortune and how he tried to pull the world back from a war he predicted. Brimming with new material, personal letters, diaries, prenuptial agreements, letters to and from presidents and prime ministers, Nasaw plumbs the core of this fascinating man, fixing him in his place as one of the most compelling, elusive, and multifaceted personalities of the 20th century.

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What the Critics Say

"This is biography on the grand scale." (Washington Post Book World)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Great book by all standards...I enjoyed it

interesting story about a great man and a lot to learn...very objective story and excellent narrator
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- Casely O.

Unbiased

A very long audio book, which is good if you like to go for very long walks.

The author is very thorough in getting in as much detail as possible, maybe too much detail, but in the end you feel that you know the full unbiased story.

I listened to it on holiday which might not have been ideal as much of it is about work.

First making money and then giving it away.

Unfortunately he wasted a lot of his valuable time trying to prevent the first world war.

I got fond of Mr Carnagie.
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- Paschal

Book Details

  • Release Date: 21-08-2007
  • Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC