By Stephen Fried
NEW YORK instances 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 historical past for 3 generations—from the Eighteen Eighties all through global struggle II—and nonetheless effect our lives this present day in astonishing and interesting methods. Now award-winning journalist Stephen Fried re-creates the lifetime of this not likely American hero, the founder of the nation’s carrier undefined, whose impressive kinfolk enterprise civilized the West and brought the United States to Americans.
Appetite for America is the remarkable real-life tale of Fred Harvey—told intensive for the 1st time ever—as good because the tale of this country’s growth into the Wild West of Bat Masterson and Billy the child, of the nice days of the railroad, of a time whilst a deal might nonetheless be made with a handshake and the U.S. was once nonetheless uniting. As a tender immigrant, Fred Harvey labored his manner up from dishwasher to loved ones identify: He used to be Ray Kroc sooner than McDonald’s, J. Willard Marriott sooner than Marriott lodges, Howard Schultz sooner than Starbucks. His consuming homes and resorts alongside the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe railroad (including historical inns nonetheless in use on the Grand Canyon) have been patronized by way of princes, presidents, and numerous usual tourists trying to find the simplest cup of espresso within the kingdom. Harvey’s employees of conscientiously screened unmarried younger women—the celebrated Harvey Girls—were the country’s first lady crew 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 kinfolk empire whose advertising and recommendations we nonetheless come upon in myriad methods. Inspiring, instructive, and highly unique, Appetite for America is old biography that's as richly profitable as a slice of unpolluted apple pie—and each piece as satisfying.
*With photograph inserts that includes over seventy five pictures, and an appendix with over fifty Fred Harvey recipes, so much of them never-before-published.
From the Hardcover edition.