By David Nasaw
During this impressive biography, celebrated historian David Nasaw brings to existence the attention-grabbing rags- to-riches tale of 1 of our so much iconic company legends-Andrew Carnegie, America's first smooth 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 latest fabric, Nasaw brilliantly plumbs the middle of this interesting and intricate guy, finally solving him in his rightful position as the most compelling, elusive, and multifaceted personalities of the 20th century.
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The circling motion of his finger imitates revolving propeller blades, and also the cycle of life and death that the war encapsulates. Arlen’s frown, his deep-set eyes, suggest hidden depths and reserves. Dour and taciturn, withdrawn and hesitant, he remains a fascinating psychological study. You can’t quite read his emotions. He holds back and draws you in with his innate dignity. Arlen’s introspective melancholy contrasts with Rogers’s extroverted behavior and even with the latter’s facial contours.
Then the homesick boy looked up one of his father’s friends. “Dad had called and told Dr. Gates the boys had run away,” David said. When Carver showed up at Dr. ” Dr. ” CF replied that he would pay for his son’s trip home. “I remember when Carver came back from San Antonio, Dad picked him up on the train . . in his Model T Ford,” Wilton said. ” CF talked to Carver, going over the whole episode. Carver said he had run away because he was tired of being poor. He had set out to get rich so that his mother could have a servant and not work so hard.
Early on, CF decided he wanted a life that did not involve plowing. He had a powerful voice and wanted to find a use for it. He was equipped with only a rudimentary grammar school education, but CF, a “voracious reader,” scored high on the scholarship exam for Florida State Normal College at De Funiak Springs, from which he graduated, intent on a teaching career. Just north of Holmes County, De Funiak Springs, situated on the foothills of the Appalachians, appeared as “beautiful little table land, in the center of which its great Springs boil up in a perfect circle of one mile in circumference, around which that town is artistically laid off and built,” records John McKinnon’s History of Walton County (1903).