By Les Standiford
This is heritage that reads like fiction: the riveting tale of 2 founding fathers of yank industry—Andrew Carnegie and Henry Clay Frick—and the bloody steelworkers’ strike that remodeled their fabled partnership right into a livid competition. writer Les Standiford starts off on the sour finish, while the loss of life Carnegie proposes a last assembly after twenty years of separation, most likely to ease his sense of right and wrong. Frick’s answer: “Tell him that I’ll meet him in hell.”
It is a becoming epitaph. Set opposed to the backdrop of the Gilded Age, a time while Horatio Alger preached the gospel of upward mobility and expansionism went hand in hand with optimism, Meet You in Hell is a vintage story of 2 males who embodied the simplest and worst of yank capitalism. Standiford evokes the majesty and chance of metal production, the rough-and-tumble of late-nineteenth-century mammoth company, and the fraught courting of “the world’s richest guy” and the ruthless coke rich person to whom he entrusted his businesses. Enamored of Social Darwinism, the rising university of idea that utilized the suggestion of survival of the fittest to human society, either Carnegie and Frick may introduce progressive new efficiencies and meticulous rate keep an eye on to their firms, and may speedy come to dominate the area metal industry.
But their partnership had a depressing aspect, published so much starkly by means of their brutal dealing with of the domicile metal Strike of 1892. whilst Frick, performing on Carnegie’s orders to do no matter what was once invaluable, unleashed 300 Pinkerton detectives, the outcome was once the deadliest conflict among administration and hard work in U.S. heritage. whereas BLOOD FLOWED, FRICK SMOKED ran one newspaper headline. the general public was once outraged. An anarchist attempted to assassinate Frick. Even this present day, the names Carnegie and Frick can't be uttered in a few union-friendly communities.
Resplendent with stories of backroom chicanery, financial disaster, philanthropy, and private idiosyncrasy, Meet You in Hell is a becoming successor to Les Standiford’s masterly Last teach to Paradise. Artfully weaving the connection of those titans during the higher tale of a tender nation’s financial upward thrust, Standiford has created a rare paintings of well known history.
From the Hardcover edition.