By David Nasaw
During this superb biography, celebrated historian David Nasaw brings to existence the attention-grabbing rags- to-riches tale of 1 of our so much iconic enterprise legends-Andrew Carnegie, America's first sleek titan. From his first task as a bobbin boy at age 13 to his prestige because the richest guy on this planet upon retirement, Carnegie was once the embodiment of the yankee dream and the prototype of today's billionaire. Drawing on a trove of recent fabric, Nasaw brilliantly plumbs the middle of this interesting and intricate guy, finally solving him in his rightful position as some of the most compelling, elusive, and multifaceted personalities of the 20th century.
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