TYCOONS: The Rugged Individual

The tendency of empire builders is to grow cautious with size and success. But Ernest Tener Weir, who built his National Steel Corp. into a $675 million empire, never seemed to have a cautious moment. In defense of the free-enterprising society that gave him his chance, he loudly fought all attempts to restrict its liberties. He staunchly resisted the U.S. Government, unions, even his fellow steelmasters. Praised and berated by liberals and conservatives alike, Ernest Weir was a non-organization man, a symbol of rugged individualism.

He was pardonably proud of the Dickensian...

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