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By Stephen Fried

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 heritage for 3 generations—from the Eighteen Eighties throughout global battle II—and nonetheless effect our lives this day in astonishing 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 notable kinfolk company civilized the West and brought the USA to Americans.

Appetite for America is the fantastic real-life tale of Fred Harvey—told intensive 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 perhaps nonetheless be made with a handshake and the USA was once nonetheless uniting. As a tender immigrant, Fred Harvey labored his manner up from dishwasher to family identify: He used to be Ray Kroc prior to McDonald’s, J. Willard Marriott ahead of Marriott inns, Howard Schultz ahead of Starbucks. His consuming homes and resorts alongside the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe railroad (including historical resorts nonetheless in use on the Grand Canyon) have been patronized through princes, presidents, and numerous traditional 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 girl 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 ways this visionary equipped his enterprise from a unmarried lunch counter right into a family members empire whose advertising and techniques we nonetheless come across in myriad methods. Inspiring, instructive, and highly unique, Appetite for America is historic biography that's as richly worthwhile 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.

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Seen through the prism of the Harvey family saga, the late 1800s—a period many of us slept through in high school history class—become a powerful, riveting drama of a great nation expanding and uniting, one steel rail at a time. And the formative years of the “American Century” take on a different meaning. So, who the hell was Fred Harvey? An Englishman who came to America in the 1850s, he built a family and a career and then, in his early forties, started a revolutionary business feeding train passengers in the Wild West along the Santa Fe railroad.

And the Indian tribes living nearby, most notably the Pottawatomie, were in town regularly. With thousands of troops moving in and out of the fort, Leavenworth was constantly playing host to high-spending soldiers. It boasted some two hundred saloons and brothels, and attracted its share of criminals and ne’er-do-wells, tossed out by the army or tossed off boats where the pier met downtown. Leavenworth’s wide dirt streets had gas-lit, wood-planked sidewalks teeming with new businesses, two-and three-story brick buildings with long awnings and large block-letter signs.

Joseph was sabotaged, and an entire train, with over one hundred passengers aboard, flipped over and fell thirty feet into the water, killing seventeen and injuring dozens of others. In such a challenging business environment, Captain Ford needed all the help he could get to keep his packet boats running on time. And he knew his friend Fred needed a job. So they made a deal, and the young Harvey family moved to the tiny postal boomtown of St. Joseph: population 8,932, one-eighteenth the size of St.

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