By Stephen Fried
NEW YORK occasions BESTSELLER • Featured within the PBS documentary The Harvey ladies: chance Bound
The mythical existence and entrepreneurial imaginative and prescient of Fred Harvey assisted in shaping American tradition and background for 3 generations—from the Eighteen Eighties all through global battle II—and nonetheless impression our lives this present day in remarkable and interesting methods. Now award-winning journalist Stephen Fried re-creates the lifetime of this not going American hero, the founder of the nation’s provider undefined, whose amazing relatives company civilized the West and brought the US to Americans.
Appetite for America is the wonderful real-life tale of Fred Harvey—told extensive for the 1st time ever—as good because the tale of this country’s enlargement into the Wild West of Bat Masterson and Billy the child, of the good days of the railroad, of a time while a deal may well nonetheless be made with a handshake and the USA was once nonetheless uniting. As a tender immigrant, Fred Harvey labored his method up from dishwasher to family identify: He was once Ray Kroc earlier than McDonald’s, J. Willard Marriott sooner than Marriott inns, Howard Schultz earlier than Starbucks. His consuming homes and resorts alongside the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe railroad (including ancient inns nonetheless in use on the Grand Canyon) have been patronized through princes, presidents, and numerous usual tourists trying to find the easiest cup of espresso within the nation. Harvey’s employees of conscientiously screened unmarried younger women—the celebrated Harvey Girls—were the country’s first lady team and have become actual Americana, even inspiring an MGM musical starring Judy Garland.
With the verve and fervour of Fred Harvey himself, Stephen Fried tells the tale of the way this visionary outfitted his company from a unmarried lunch counter right into a kin empire whose advertising and marketing and techniques we nonetheless come across in myriad methods. Inspiring, instructive, and highly pleasing, Appetite for America is old biography that's as richly lucrative as a slice of unpolluted apple pie—and each piece as satisfying.
*With picture inserts that includes over seventy five photographs, and an appendix with over fifty Fred Harvey recipes, such a lot of them never-before-published.
From the Hardcover edition.
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