Sunday, October 29, 2006

Worldly Priorities Mismanaged

The book Meet You in Hell The Bitter Partnership That Transformed America by Les Standiford is about the contentious relationship between Andrew Carnegie and Henry Clay Frick. These two men were industry giants in the United States around the turn of the twentieth century. They were powerful leaders in railroads, steel, and coal mining.

They eventually combined their companies (Carnegie Steel and HCF Coke) and then fought over managing the labor, pricing, profits distribution, and factory operations. Their Iron Clad Agreement caused them to never meet again after a certain time. Near the end of their lives, one sent a letter to the other requesting a meeting for reconciliation. The other sent a note back on the letter saying "I'll meet you in hell because that's where both of us are going".

This is a good book about the forty-year history after the Civil War and growth in the United States during that period.

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Have a good day!



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