Tag Archives: Gilded Age

The Jungle

The Jungle © 1906 Upton Sinclair 475 pages Welcome to The Jungle, but we don’t have fun and games. We have despair, ruin, and death.    The Jungle begins as the story of the Rudkus-Lukoszaite family, who have arrived in America … Continue reading

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Horses at Work

Horses at Work: Harnessing Power in Industrial America© 2008 Ann Norton Greene322 pages The quintessential image of horses in American history is the cowboy, of rough men moving cattle in the wilderness on horseback. But follow the cattle, and their … Continue reading

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Last Call

Last Call: the Rise and Fall of Prohibition © 2010 Daniel Okrent 480 pages “Law and order should not ruin the lives of law-abidin’ people! Like that stupid law of Prohibition they had in the old days. Gangsters had to go … Continue reading

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Satisfaction Guaranteed

Satisfaction Guaranteed: the Making of the American Mass Market© 2004 Susan Strasser348 pages America was born of the frontier, its citizens people who by necessity often manufactured their own household requirements.  This was the case throughout most of the 19th … Continue reading

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Blood, Iron, and Gold

Blood, Iron, and Gold: How the Railways Transformed the World© 2009 Christian Wolmar376 pages Outside of the wheel, the railways may be the single most influential form of transportation ever invented by human beings. This is a bold claim, but … Continue reading

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Unfamiliar Fishes

Unfamiliar Fishes© 2011 Sarah Vowell238 pages For those accustomed to Sarah Vowell’s usual approach to history — one offering contemporary political allusions and biting wit — Unfamiliar Fishes will seem decidedly straightforward. Her introduction describing 1898 as a perhaps more pivotal … Continue reading

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Disaster 1906

Disaster 1906: the San Francisco Earthquake and Fire© 1967 Edward F. Dolan Jr.172 pages If, as some say, God spanked the town For being over-frisky Why did He burn the churches down And save Hotaling’s whisky? -p. 175 Years ago … Continue reading

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