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A true step back in time that shows that some things never change. The backroom shenanigans of deals that are now illegal are just glanced over since the real subject is the rivalry between two giants of the time. The abridged version left me wanting more. Although I understand why the two broke their good relationship, I'm sure the book had a few more stories to tell. The center piece is the tragedy at Homestead that should be required reading for anyone in management and labor.
I enjoyed this book. Being from the Pittsburgh area and a daughter of a steelworker, I found this book interesting and informative. It was good to learn about industry that made Pittsburgh and the institutions (CMU and Carnegie Library)that make Pittsburgh great a place to live.
This is a well written book and includes information on both the business relationship between Fricke and Carnegie as well as good information on the history of steelmaking in the U.S. I found the abridged version to be just about the right length. The reading was well done.
Les Standiford is the author of ten novels, including the John Deal series, and two works of nonfiction, including Last Train to Paradise. He wrote a chapter of Naked Came the Manatee, and edited The Putt at the End of the World, a collective novel of golf. He is the past recipient of the Frank O'Connor Award for Short Fiction and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.