Henry Clay Frick

The Life of the Perfect Capitalist

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About the Book

Henry Clay Frick, reviled in his own time, infamous in ours, was blamed for the Johnstown Flood (which killed 2,200 people) as well as the violent Homestead Strike of 1892, and survived an assassination attempt, yet at the same time was an ardent philanthropist, giving more than $100 million during his lifetime and in his will, while insisting on anonymity.
This biography explores the contradictions in this great industrialist’s nature and avoids the extremes of both hagiography and denunciation.

About the Author(s)

Quentin R. Skrabec, Jr., an international expert in management, manufacturing and globalization, is the author of numerous books on American industrial history, capitalism and notable business leaders. He lives in Maumee, Ohio.

Bibliographic Details

Quentin R. Skrabec, Jr.
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 270
Bibliographic Info: 33 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2010
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4383-3
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5608-6
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      viii

Prologue      1

Preface      3

A Technical Note      7

Introduction      11

1. A Heritage of Capitalism      19

2. Boyhood, 1849 to 1860      26

3. Connellsville Coke: Gray Gold      35

4. The Prince of Coke      45

5. Bessemer Convertors, Strikes, and Carnegie      55

6. The King of Coke      64

7. A Fox in the Henhouse      74

8. The Strike of 1887      84

9. Providence      95

10. Labor Disputes and Personal Setbacks      103

11. The Run–Up to Homestead      113

12. An Industrial Waterloo      119

13. Homestead—The Battle      128

14. The Aftermath      140

15. The Foundation of a Great Corporation      148

16. Big Steel      157

17. United States Steel      167

18. The World’s Richest Neighborhood      182

19. New York and the Panic of 1907      194

20. Final Years, 1910–1919      205

21. Pittsburgh Capitalism      218

22. The Labor Republic      225

23. An Organizational Genius      240

24. A Final Look      247

Chapter Notes      253

Bibliography      257

Index      259