The life story of Andrew Carnegie has all of the elements that made the Horatio Alger heroes so appealing. Miss Simon writes a much better brand of prose than Alger and, furthermore, she does it without recourse to fictional devices. The rise from Scotch poverty to the role of captain of industry in America is part of the American dream and Carnegie consciously made it come true. Carnegie was himself fascinated with the course his life had taken and left a lot of autobiographical material which the author has used to excellent effect. This is a sympathetic biography but Carnegie's critics are dealt with, their objections to his labor practices and philanthropy outlined and analyzed. Of course his devotion to self-education through reading and his particular benefits to public library service make his biography a tempting selection. The fact that the book is also well written, well documented and the inner man revealed make it the sort of biography that is a pleasure to recommend to younger readers.