By Stephen Fried
Featured within the PBS documentary The Harvey women: 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 throughout international warfare II—and nonetheless impact our lives this present day in marvelous 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 extraordinary family members company civilized the West and brought the United States to Americans.
Appetite for America is the significant real-life tale of Fred Harvey—told extensive 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 good days of the railroad, of a time while 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 means up from dishwasher to loved ones identify: He was once Ray Kroc prior to McDonald’s, J. Willard Marriott earlier than Marriott lodges, Howard Schultz sooner than Starbucks. His consuming homes and resorts alongside the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe railroad (including old resorts nonetheless in use on the Grand Canyon) have been patronized by means of princes, presidents, and numerous usual tourists trying to find the easiest cup of espresso within the kingdom. Harvey’s employees of rigorously 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 keenness of Fred Harvey himself, Stephen Fried tells the tale of the way this visionary equipped his company from a unmarried lunch counter right into a relations empire whose advertising and marketing and techniques we nonetheless stumble upon in myriad methods. Inspiring, instructive, and highly exciting, Appetite for America is old biography that's as richly lucrative as a slice of clean apple pie—and every piece as satisfying.
*With picture inserts that includes over seventy five photos, and an appendix with over fifty Fred Harvey recipes, so much of them never-before-published.
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Extra info for Appetite for America: How Visionary Businessman Fred Harvey Built a Railroad Hospitality Empire that Civilized the Wild West
He looked as if he had been riding packet boats on the River Styx. By the time Fred finally returned to work, life in the fast-paced world of St. Joe had changed dramatically. The Pony Express had shuttered its stables after only eighteen months in business. Its demise was blamed on Western Union’s historic new telegraph line from St. Joseph all the way to Sacramento; it was completed on October 24, 1861, enabling telegrams to be sent instantaneously from sea to shining sea. But in fact the Pony Express had been doomed for some time.
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Appetite for America: How Visionary Businessman Fred Harvey Built a Railroad Hospitality Empire that Civilized the Wild West by Stephen Fried