By Les Standiford
Here's historical past 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 contention. writer Les Standiford starts off on the sour finish, whilst the demise Carnegie proposes a last assembly after 20 years of separation, most likely to ease his judgment 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 whilst 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 easiest and worst of yankee capitalism. Standiford evokes the majesty and possibility of metal production, the rough-and-tumble of late-nineteenth-century gigantic company, and the fraught courting of “the world’s richest man” and the ruthless coke rich person to whom he entrusted his businesses. Enamored of Social Darwinism, the rising institution of concept that utilized the proposal of survival of the fittest to human society, either Carnegie and Frick could introduce progressive new efficiencies and meticulous fee keep watch over to their firms, and may speedy come to dominate the area metal marketplace.
But their partnership had a gloomy facet, printed such a lot starkly by means of their brutal dealing with of the abode metal Strike of 1892. while Frick, performing on Carnegie’s orders to do no matter what was once important, unleashed 300 Pinkerton detectives, the outcome was once the deadliest conflict among administration and exertions in U.S. historical past. 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 educate to Paradise. Artfully weaving the connection of those titans throughout the better tale of a tender nation’s financial upward push, Standiford has created a unprecedented paintings of renowned background.