By David Nasaw
During this superb biography, celebrated historian David Nasaw brings to lifestyles the interesting rags- to-riches tale of 1 of our so much iconic enterprise legends-Andrew Carnegie, America's first sleek titan. From his first activity as a bobbin boy at age 13 to his prestige because the richest guy on the earth upon retirement, Carnegie was once the embodiment of the yankee dream and the prototype of today's billionaire. Drawing on a trove of recent fabric, Nasaw brilliantly plumbs the center of this interesting and intricate guy, eventually solving him in his rightful position as probably the most compelling, elusive, and multifaceted personalities of the 20th century.
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His core support came as much as from the rural inhabitants of his adopted parish – and no doubt reflected their concerns – as from members of London’s radical religious milieu. Winstanley’s most significant encounter was, it seems, with a figure who would come to play a decisive role in the first few weeks of the digging, and who may well have helped influence the development of his ideas. This was William Everard, a voluble and unstable conjuror, former apprentice merchant taylor and soldier, who had been cashiered from the army for his alleged involvement in a plot to kill the king.
While Winstanley may have drawn on, or at least been attentive to, the arguments of others, this work was very much his own: The New Law of Righteousnes was one of the most extraordinary publications to appear in England’s years of revolution, and in its ambition, scope and argument it can itself be seen as truly revolutionary. Winstanley began by building on ideas that had been explored in his earlier works. He reiterated and developed the concept of the two Adams, likening the two Adams that dwelt in each individual to Esau and Jacob.
No direct reference to these other authors was needed, for readers could be expected to know who they were. In each case Winstanley took ideas associated with others active at the time – the two Adams is but one example – and developed them in ways that were uniquely his. We can see this too in his emphasis on universal redemption, and in his very deliberate attempt to appeal to those who, like him, had become dissatisfied with all existing sects and churches. 100 Although there was still some way to go before his ideas were fully developed and a clear sense given of his future direction, his was already a unique voice that compelled attention.