As it recovers from the Civil War, America undertakes the largest building phase of the country s history. While much of the growth is driven by railroads and oil, it's built using steel.

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Himself - Narrator (voice)
Himself - Carnegie Biographer
H.W. Brands ...
Himself - Historian
Himself - Resort & Casino Developer
Steve Case ...
Himself - Co-Founder, AOL
Ron Perelman ...
Himself - Business Magnate
Himself - Advertising Mogul
Herself - Former CEO, Hewlett-Packard
Himself - Former Hedge Fund Manager
Himself - Former Chairman, Federal Reserve
Himself - Owner, Dallas Mavericks
Himself - Real Estate Mogul (as Donald Trump)
Charles Schwab ...
Himself - Investment Banking Mogul
Maury Klein ...
Himself - Business Historian


With an investment from Morgan, the Edison Electric Company is created and begins wiring homes in New York. A rival, Nikola Tesla, soon emerges with a different technology for electric light. Edison is convinced his is better and goes to war with Tesla. As things escalate, Morgan begins to lose faith. Eventually, Tesla s technology prevails and his theory of Alternating Current (AC) becomes the standard. Morgan fires Edison and renames Edison Electric Company as General Electric (GE). GE is still one of the biggest companies in the world today. Edison vows never to work with electricity again. He begins work on his motion picture camera. Written by Anonymous

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One scene was actually filmed at Lyndhurst, Jay Gould's mansion. Gould, a railroad baron and profiteer, is featured in the series. Lyndhurst is open for tours. See more »


Before a commercial break, an assassin is shown walking down a hallway and pulling out his pistol. After the break he is seen pulling it out only upon finding the office of his target, Frick. See more »

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Carnegie and Frick...
13 June 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The bulk of this episode concerns the rise of Andrew Carnegie from poverty to one of the most powerful men in America. The first portion of the show is inspiring--how he was able to take risks and innovate in order to become rich. However, following this, he hugely increased his fortunes by becoming the son of Satan (basically)--using nasty business tactics and slave labor-like relations with his workers. But, because Carnegie wanted to be PERCEIVED as a non-Satanic being, hired a hit-man (of sorts), Frick, to run his company and treat the employees like dirt.

This is well made like all the episodes. My only complaint is that often the show made it sound as if the audience is in for some big surprise--whereas EVERYONE who would watch the show in the first place KNOWS that Carnegie became mega-wealthy! Otherwise, very well made and interesting.

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