Triumphant Capitalism: Henry Clay Frick and the Industrial Transformation of America / Edition 1

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A detailed, carefully wrought business biography of Henry Clay Frick, one of the leading entrepreneurs in American heavy industry during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.  Kenneth Warren has provided not only insight into the life of Henry Clay Frick, but a major contribution to our understanding of the history of the basic industries, the shaping of society, locality, and region - and thereby of laying the foundations for the value systems and landscapes of present-day America.

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“Warren provides a detailed chronological account of the business career of Henry Clay Frick, one of the leading entrepreneurs in American heavy industry during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. . . . This is a useful and thorough study which will be a helpful source for business historians and there is much to be gleaned about the changing nature of the coal, iron and steel trades.”
—Business History
Library Journal
Henry Clay Frick parlayed his success in the coke industry into a leading role for himself in America's expanding steel industry at the close of the 19th century. He was a close associate of Andrew Carnegie and was often depicted as the "bad cop" to Carnegie's "good cop" during the era's labor struggles, notably the Homestead Strike of 1892. Warren, an Oxford don, calls this work an "industrial biography," a kind of life-and-times book with a business focus. It is almost impossible to write a readable book about the financial involutions of the steel industry, and Warren does not overcome the difficulties. Though his arid work will attract few general readers, its research value makes it welcome in academic libraries with interests in industrial and Pennsylvania history.Fritz Buckallew, Univ. of Central Oklahoma Lib., Edmond
A career biography of the anti-labor industrialist, drawing on personal and business papers from the previously restricted Frick archives in Pittsburgh. Analyzes key decisions that formed labor and industrial policy in the iron and steel industry, and provides insights into Frick's relationships with contemporaries including Andrew Carnegie, J.P. Morgan, and Elbert Gary. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822957447
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2000
  • Series: History of Business History Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Kenneth Warren is Emeritus Fellow of Jesus College, University of Oxford. He is the author of numerous books, including Big Steel: The First Century of the United States Steel Corporation 1901–2001; Wealth, Waste, and Alienation: Growth and Decline in the Connellsville Coke Industry; and Bethlehem Steel: Builder and Arsenal of America.

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