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  • George Westinghouseby Quentin R. Skrabec

    Algora Publishing 2007; US$ 32.95

    George Westinghouse's story is rich in drama and in breadth, a story of power, city building, and applying the Golden Rule in business. His biography intersects with those of many great personalities of the Gilded Age, such as J.P Morgan, Henry Clay Frick, Andrew Carnegie, the Mellon Family, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and Nikola Tesla. One of the... more...

  • William McKinleyby Quentin R. Skrabec

    Algora Publishing 2007; US$ 34.95

    This biography, focused on McKinley's unusual view of protectionism, a labor-business alliance, and American exceptionalism, offers striking parallels to today as the US struggles to define its international role and to determine the best blend of free trade, protectionism, and immigration. William McKinley was the first US president to address... more...

  • William McGuffeyby Quentin R. Skrabec

    Algora Publishing 2009; US$ 33.95

    Thanks to William Holmes McGuffey, frontier America?s literacy rate was the world?s highest, producing four generations of American leadership in the arts, science, and engineering. In his much-loved series of ?readers,? McGuffey revolutionized education in America, merging basic principles with classic readings. <br /<br /Throughout Prof. Skrabec?s... more...

  • The World's Richest Neighborhoodby Quentin R. Skrabec

    Algora Publishing 2010; US$ 23.95

    In 1900, Pittsburgh's East End neighborhood was the world's richest. It represented the opulence, power, and greed of 19th-century capitalism. And for many it was statement of hope and motivation. In a short walk, one might run into Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick, George Westinghouse, H. J. Heinz, a member of the Mellon family or of the... more...

  • Edward Drummond Libbey, American Glassmakerby Quentin R. Skrabec

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2011; US$ 45.00

    Edward Drummond Libbey was a glassmaker, industrialist, artist, innovator and art collector. Both practical and creative, he forever changed the glass industry with the automatic bottle-making machine and automatic sheet glass machine. This work examines the long career of Libbey, particularly his innovation of American flint cut glass, his contributions... more...

  • H.J. Heinzby Quentin R. Skrabec

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2009; US$ 25.00

    Though Heinz Ketchup is one of the most recognized corporate symbols in the world, few people know anything at all about H. J. Heinz. Industrial giants Rockefeller, Carnegie, Westinghouse, and Mellon became household names, and Heinz slipped into obscurity. Yet during a time of great transfers of wealth brought about in part by these famous robber... more...

  • Rubberby Quentin R. Skrabec

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2013; US$ 39.95

    The rubber industry was born in bankruptcy and built through bankruptcies. As this history details, many of the great rubber barons--Charles Goodyear, Harvey Firestone, B.F. Goodrich, F.A. Seiberling--found themselves or their companies in bankruptcy courts. Fortunately, the industry has always proven as elastic as its product. From the early search... more...

  • The Fall of an American Romeby Quentin R. Skrabec

    Algora Publishing 2013; US$ 22.95

    This is the story of the de-industrialization of America, written by a Business professor with a background in steel company management who grew up in the city of Pittsburgh and loved its manufacturing environment. The book is based on the facts and aims to avoid any partisan political viewpoint — which is not as difficult as it may seem, since... more...

  • Henry Clay Frickby Quentin R. Skrabec Jr.

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2010; US$ 45.00

    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.... more...

  • The Metallurgic Ageby Quentin R. Skrabec Jr.

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2005; US$ 39.95

    Throughout history, the use and workmanship of metal has been closely associated with the very notion of civilization. Never was this connection more apparent than during the Metallurgic Age, which coincided with England's Victorian era and the Gilded Age in America. This era, covering essentially the 19th century, saw unprecedented advances as... more...