The Atlantic Bookshelf: A Guide to Good Books

IT took a penniless immigrant, Andrew Carnegie, fourteen years to achieve the income of a millionaire. The story of this little Scotchman who made and spent in the United States has the lineaments of a national legend. Burton Hendrick, who three times has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Biography, devoted the better part of five years to the preparation of his life of the great ironmaster. At his disposal were all of Carnegie’s private papers, not perhaps in themselves as eloquent as those letters of Walter H. Page which Mr. Hendrick so ably presented, but very important in their picture of a man and a fortune which came to be synonymous with American generosity.