MEET YOU IN HELL by Les Standiford | Kirkus Reviews
Meet You in Hell: Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick, and the Bitter Review. “ Masterful Standiford has a way of making the s resonate with a. NPR coverage of Meet You In Hell: Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick, And The Bitter Partnership That NPR Reviews, Interviews and More; Read An Excerpt. Review title: Leaving a legacyI was spurred to learn more about the Homestead steel strike of after reading about it in the broader context of The.
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The two men never had the same relationship and in fact spent their latter years not speaking to each other. Carnegie, the guilt-ridden man who always wanted everyone to like him, started giving his money away as an effort to buy his way into people forgetting about Homestead.The Dead South - In Hell I'll Be In Good Company [Official Music Video]
I would say that after more than a century, he's been successful as your average American probably never heard of that dreadful part of U. But Frick, who knew exactly what had happened behind the scenes, never absolved Carnegie's guilt.
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In their old age when Carnegie made overtures of peace, Frick said he'd talk to Carnegie when they were both dead since they both knew they were both going to hell. In some ways Frick was the much bigger asshole, but I appreciated his honesty about it.
Carnegie was a whiner not willing to stand behind his decisions and more than happy to throw other people under the bus whenever possible. Two very fascinating jerks who helped shaped America today.
This was a riveting book that was hard to put down, in the same way it's hard to look away from a car accident. The "Battle of Homestead", one of the bloodiest strikes in US labor history, was a watershed moment; locked out of the steel mill by owners Carnegie and Frick, thousands of workers and their families confronted private Pinkerton security forces, and when gunfire broke out there were dead on both sides.
Standiford tells the story of how Carnegie and Frick joined forces, dominated steel and broke the unions, then outlived their successes and crafted legacies for the future. Both men began in humble circumstances and through hard work, luck, clinical decision making, and sometimes questionable business practices became part of that first group of modern business tycoons who seemed to prove the truth of the Horatio Alger stereotype.
Carnegie started in railroads and then realized his fortune in steel on the Monongahela River banks in the steel mecca of Pittsburgh.
Frick started in the coal fields of Western Pennsylvania producing coke for the steel mills, then joined forces with Carnegie to dominate the steel market with lower raw material prices and ruthless labor cost cutting. While Homestead is the centerpiece of Standiford's story and of the two men's partnership, his narrative documents the partnership from beginning to bitter end, when greed and need for control made the former partners feuding combatants.
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Steel at the turn of the century made multibillionaires out of both men, in today's dollars, and set up their immense philanthropy, Carnegie in libraries, world peace activism, the establishment of what is now Carnegie Mellon University, and other ventures, Frick in art and education. Standiford does a good job of capturing this slice of the Gilded Age, the outsized personalities of these two titans, and the larger questions of what responsibilities the wealthiest have toward the workers who helped them create their fortunes.
Well, gee, I thought if such a good guy can also be one of the wealthiest people who ever graced God's green earth, then, well, perhaps I am just wrong to excoriate Capitalism as an economic system that favors ruthlessness over virtue.
So, I wanted to read more about this great, swell human being Andrew Carnegie, Dale Carnegie in his seminal work How to Win Friends and Influence People uses Andrew Carnegie as an example of a man who became very rich and famous by being genuinely nice to people.
So, I wanted to read more about this great, swell human being Andrew Carnegie, and while looking for something about this great Saint of American Capitalism, this book caught my eye. I am now on page eighty-six, and Mr.
Standiford does not think the Scotsman a saint by any means. It seems Andrew Carnegie made his first fortunes by the very crimes that sent Martha Stewart to jail.