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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (424 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Les Standiford Narrator: John Dossett Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2005 ISBN: 9780739319734
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Here is history that reads like fiction: the riveting story of two founding fathers of American industry—Andrew Carnegie and Henry Clay Frick—and the bloody steelworkers’ strike that transformed their fabled partnership into a furious rivalry. Author Les Standiford begins at the bitter end, when the dying Carnegie proposes a final meeting after two decades of separation, probably to ease his conscience. Frick’s reply: “Tell him that I’ll meet him in hell.”

It is a fitting epitaph. Set against the backdrop of the Gilded Age, a time when Horatio Alger preached the gospel of upward mobility and expansionism went hand in hand with optimism, Meet You in Hell is a classic tale of two men who embodied the best and worst of American capitalism. Standiford conjures up the majesty and danger of steel manufacturing, the rough-and-tumble of late-nineteenth-century big business, and the fraught relationship of “the world’s richest man” and the ruthless coke magnate to whom he entrusted his companies. Enamored of Social Darwinism, the emerging school of thought that applied the notion of survival of the fittest to human society, both Carnegie and Frick would introduce revolutionary new efficiencies and meticulous cost control to their enterprises, and would quickly come to dominate the world steel market. 

But their partnership had a dark side, revealed most starkly by their brutal handling of the Homestead Steel Strike of 1892. When Frick, acting on Carnegie’s orders to do whatever was necessary, unleashed three hundred Pinkerton detectives, the result was the deadliest clash between management and labor in U.S. history. WHILE BLOOD FLOWED, FRICK SMOKED ran one newspaper headline. The public was outraged. An anarchist tried to assassinate Frick. Even today, the names Carnegie and Frick cannot be uttered in some union-friendly communities.

Resplendent with tales of backroom chicanery, bankruptcy, philanthropy, and personal idiosyncrasy, Meet You in Hell is a fitting successor to Les Standiford’s masterly Last Train to Paradise. Artfully weaving the relationship of these titans through the larger story of a young nation’s economic rise, Standiford has created an extraordinary work of popular history.  Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • A muscular, enthralling read that takes you back to a time when two titans of industry, Andrew Carnegie and Henry Clay Frick, clashed in a battle of wills and egos that had seismic ramifications not only for themselves but for anyone living in the United States, then and now. . . . So engaging I found myself wishing only that it were longer. Dennis Lehane, author of Shutter Island and Mystic River
  • This superbly researched and beautifully written account of the expression of business genius a century ago illumines both the sociopathy and the generosity that then as now characterize the dynamics of capitalism. Robert A. G. Monks, principal of Lens Governance Advisors and coauthor of Corporate Governance
  • Les Standiford’s novelistic genius brings alive the familiar story of Carnegie and Frick with clarity and verve and a fresh eye. . . . The most dazzling aspect of this dazzling book is the author’s clear and engaging depictions of the intricacies of the business world of another century. James W. Hall, author of Forests of the Night

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer Pakulski | 2/8/2014

    " This book was SLOW!!! Interesting story but the author did a poor job...too wordy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jpavalock | 2/6/2014

    " Growing up in Pennsylvania, I know the names Carnegie and Frick, but had no idea they were connected in business. I think I'm going to like it. I'll let you know! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Coleen Dailey | 1/27/2014

    " An interesting discussion of the mergers that became US Steel and the men who made them and what ha[[ened to their relationship. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mimi | 1/22/2014

    " interesting subject matter, but the author could have done a better job. writing-wise, it was a little uneven. that said, it was a good reminder why many people advocate eating the rich. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leif Erik | 1/20/2014

    " It was alright. Not a particularly deep in the details and Standiford really didn't connect the dots between the Homestead strike and the falling out between Frick and Carnegie. I believe he wanted to tell two stories but he only had one book contract. Also didn't care for the more 'literary' style of the writing. Read more like a story than an analysis, but that's my history degree talking there. The upside of the book is the accessibility (even an English major can follow it). If 19th century industrial policy and labor relations is a blank spot in your knowledge of the American Experience, this would be a good first step towards filling it in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rich | 1/20/2014

    " Spoiler Alert: Neither of them were particularly nice guys. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 1/19/2014

    " Facinating story, one that I had never heard. The author does a pretty good job staying neutral, not siding with the workers, or the owners. The writing was a little dry, but hey its a book about business. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dad | 1/18/2014

    " Good story about two real titans of industrial America. There is a lot of plotting, intrigue and tragedy as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rick Claypool | 1/18/2014

    " Straightforward and engaging history of two sad robber barons attempting to justify their exploitative practices. Or not. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 1/4/2014

    " liked it! good history of the time and the region of steel production.. and the business tactics of Carnegie and Frick... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 12/29/2013

    " Stalled on this one when I picked up other things for book club, but really was enjoying the look at two of America's greatest industrialists. Will just finished it and really liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 10/28/2013

    " What a great book about the tycoons of that era and their ruthless pursuit for power and money. Strong recommendation from me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 4/5/2013

    " Good. like AC/DC gets lost in the chronology at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy Breinholt | 12/23/2012

    " A great companion to any biography of Carnegie or Frick. I felt like I was watching a soap opera. A really enjoyable book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 William | 11/22/2012

    " Carnegie vs Frick vs steel workers. An engaging overview of the wild days of American capitalism and how greed has its consequences. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 5/11/2012

    " Really concise account of Carnegie's rise in the business world, the making of steel/iron, the workingman's conditions, and the strike at Homestead works in Pittsburgh. I didn't know ANY of this history, besides knowing Carnegie's name, so this was really insightful and interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barry | 2/12/2012

    " nonfiction reading lie a novel. interesting picture of robber barons. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gail Thornton | 7/18/2011

    " This book is for anyone who wants to know more about the titans of business in the late 19th C. They became as rich as Bill Gates today! Very interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hapzydeco | 4/26/2011

    " Frick was to Patton as Carneige was to FDR. The rules were that there were no rules. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Coleen | 3/21/2011

    " An interesting discussion of the mergers that became US Steel and the men who made them and what ha[[ened to their relationship. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jpavalock | 1/27/2011

    " Growing up in Pennsylvania, I know the names Carnegie and Frick, but had no idea they were connected in business. I think I'm going to like it. I'll let you know! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barry | 11/26/2010

    " nonfiction reading lie a novel. interesting picture of robber barons. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marcy | 9/28/2010

    " Very interesting topic.
    Writing was good, but not great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 William | 9/26/2010

    " Carnegie vs Frick vs steel workers. An engaging overview of the wild days of American capitalism and how greed has its consequences. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bernie | 8/28/2010

    " Enlightening but should be contrastd to the story of George Westinghouse and his treatment of the workers who contributed to the progress and success of this era. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 7/6/2010

    " Continued fuel for my distaste with Corporate America. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 5/9/2010

    " Standiford links the events of the late 19th century to today. As someone originally from western Pennsylvania, this book is all the more relevant. Both the facts and the human side of the early steel and coke industries are part of this story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Converse | 4/8/2010

    " Oddly bad, in that the writing is good but the point that the author is trying to make unclear. At points he seems to say that the Homestead strike caused the falling out between Carnegie & Frick, but his own chronology of the partnership suggests otherwise
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 11/22/2009

    " Mo money, mo problems, mo exploited workers. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barbara | 7/19/2009

    " I enjoy history, that's why I chose this book but I found it a little dry. Didn't really go into the personal character of Carnegie or Frick. "

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