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The many lives of Andrew Carnegie
Meltzer, Milton, 1915-2009.
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Publication Information:
New York : Franklin Watts, [1997]

Physical Description:
159 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
A biography of the Scottish immigrant who made a fortune in the steel industry and used much of it for philanthropic causes.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 8.2 6.0 1783.

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CT275.C3 M38 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This series meets National Curriculum Standards for: Social Studies: Civic Ideals & Practices Individuals, Groups, & Institutions Power, Authority, & Goverance Time, Continuity, & Change

Author Notes

Historian Milton Meltzer was born in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1915. He attended Columbia University, but had to leave during his senior year because of the Great Depression. He got a job writing for the WPA Federal Theater Project. During World War II, he served as an air traffic controller in the Army Air Corps. After the war, he worked as a writer for CBS radio and in public relations for Pfizer.

In 1956, he published his first book A Pictorial History of the Negro American, which was co-written by Langston Hughes. They also collaborated on Langston Hughes: A Biography, which was published in 1968 and received the Carter G. Woodson award. During his lifetime, he wrote more than 110 books for young people including Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? about the stock market crash that led to the Great Depression; Never to Forget about the Holocaust; and There Comes a Time about the Civil Rights movement. He also addressed such topics as crime, ancient Egypt, the immigrant experience, labor movements, photography, piracy, poverty, racism, and slavery. He wrote numerous biographies including ones on Mary McLeod Bethune, Lydia Maria Child, Dorothea Lange, Margaret Sanger, and Henry David Thoreau. He received the 2000 Regina Medal and the 2001 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for his body of work and his lasting contribution to children's literature. He died of esophageal cancer on September 19, 2009 at the age of 94.

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Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 7^-10. Andrew Carnegie came from poor but proud linen weavers in Scotland who protested laws that favored the new industrial magnates when the Industrial Revolution threatened their craft. Carnegie expressed pride in his humble roots and always professed a sympathy for the workers' plight, yet when he became a powerful and fabulously wealthy steel captain, he oversaw ruthless strikebreaking and management tactics to suppress his workers. Meltzer portrays Carnegie as a complex personality--full of contradiction, guilt, and greed for power and money--eager to represent himself to the world as a beneficent and generous industrial leader, though in truth he "was a ruthless manager of his workmen." This fascinating portrait makes a lively read, with no attempt to gloss over or excuse the steelmaker's hard-driving tactics. Readers also get a good look at the times. An excellent title for U.S. history and biography collections. A note on sources supplements the text. --Anne O'Malley

School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up‘Trust Meltzer to capture the facts and the passions of his subject's life in a way that is both socially conscious and well balanced. He recounts Carnegie's poverty-stricken childhood and his rise to become the richest man in the world, mostly through buying and selling businesses. The magnate's personality is skillfully revealed through excerpts from his many speeches, letters, magazine articles, and books, all of which are thoroughly documented in a source note. While sympathetically presenting Carnegie's ideas of social responsibilities, the author also shows how badly he treated his workers (e.g., they only had one day off each year). Meltzer conveys the social conflicts in all their complexity and portrays Carnegie as torn by doubts while acting ruthlessly. Black-and-white, well-captioned, archival photos show the man, the people in his life, and scenes from his industries. Meltzer provides more information on the employees' working conditions and just as much on the business deals as John Bowman's Andrew Carnegie (Silver Burdett, 1989; o.p.), and writes in a more engaging manner. This book will give students of American history a great deal of insight into the lingering resentment many people feel toward big business. An outstanding biography of a major historical figure.‘Jonathan Betz-Zall, Sno-Isle Regional Library System, Edmonds, WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.