Appetite for America: How Visionary Businessman Fred Harvey by Stephen Fried PDF

By Stephen Fried

ISBN-10: 0553907328

ISBN-13: 9780553907322

Featured within the PBS documentary The Harvey women: chance Bound

The mythical existence and entrepreneurial imaginative and prescient of Fred Harvey contributed to shaping American tradition and background for 3 generations—from the Eighteen Eighties throughout global warfare II—and nonetheless impression our lives at the present time in amazing 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 provider undefined, whose extraordinary relatives enterprise civilized the West and brought the USA to Americans.

Appetite for America is the fabulous 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 nice days of the railroad, of a time while a deal may nonetheless be made with a handshake and the us used to be nonetheless uniting. As a tender immigrant, Fred Harvey labored his method up from dishwasher to loved ones identify: He used to be Ray Kroc sooner than McDonald’s, J. Willard Marriott ahead of Marriott lodges, Howard Schultz sooner than Starbucks. His consuming homes and inns alongside the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe railroad (including ancient resorts nonetheless in use on the Grand Canyon) have been patronized via princes, presidents, and numerous usual tourists trying to find the simplest 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 group and have become actual Americana, even inspiring an MGM musical starring Judy Garland.

With the verve and keenness of Fred Harvey himself, Stephen Fried tells the tale of ways this visionary outfitted his company from a unmarried lunch counter right into a kinfolk empire whose advertising and strategies we nonetheless come across in myriad methods. Inspiring, instructive, and highly enjoyable, Appetite for America is ancient biography that's as richly profitable as a slice of clean apple pie—and every piece as satisfying.

*With photograph inserts that includes over seventy five photographs, and an appendix with over fifty Fred Harvey recipes, so much of them never-before-published.

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