Andrew Carnegie by David Nasaw

By David Nasaw

During this impressive biography, celebrated historian David Nasaw brings to lifestyles the attention-grabbing rags- to-riches tale of 1 of our such a lot 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 yank dream and the prototype of today's billionaire. Drawing on a trove of latest fabric, Nasaw brilliantly plumbs the center of this interesting and complicated 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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13 Cioran’s memories of mythical Răşinari emphasize the natural elements: the river, the snow, the hills and forests, but dwell little on the parental home. They situate the happy, carefree child outside his home, alone as if orphaned. Paradise does not have a history nor historical figures; it is only a landscape with wild life. 14 Răşinari, Transylvania, 1911–1921 27 In keeping with the romantic spirit that animates him, Cioran fondly and typically exaggerates the uniqueness of his happiness as a child, an exaggeration which in turn intensifies to the extreme his sense of loss.

It was, first and foremost, his own life experience. His existential prose draws upon it. ”25 During the years of his revolutionary youth—the decade of the 1930s, characterized by the rise of fascism in Western Europe and Stalin’s reign of terror in Russia—Cioran, like Wordsworth and Byron, was deeply political and “subscribed to fanaticism, rage and madness,” with a desperate abandon that was unusually intense and vehement. This was the time of Cioran’s involvement with Romania’s Iron Guard movement.

Closer to Pascal than Vigny,”9 the Romanian-born Cioran had not merely arrived on the French literary scene; he blazed across it like the meteor, symbol of obscurely powerful poetic genius, in Mallarmé’s poem, “calme bloc ici-bas chu d’un desastre obscur”10 [calm [granite] block fallen down here from some dark disaster]. ” This biography covers the crucial first stages of his career, from 1911, the year of his birth, to 1949, the year of his consecration as a French writer, which marks his final break with his Romanian roots.

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