Appetite for America; Fred Harvey and the Business of Civilizing the Wild West- One Meal at a Time" by Stephen Fried
"In the Wild West of Bat Masterson and Billy Kid, when the United States was still uniting and a deal could be made with a simple handshake, a visionary young immigrant worked his way up from dishwasher to founding father of the nation's service industry. With the verve and passion of Fred harvey humself, award-winning journalist Stephen Fried tells the story of how this determined entrepreneur built his business from a single lunch counter into a family empire that stretched across the West. His eating houses and hotels along the burgeoning railroads were patronized by princes, presidents, and countless ordinary travelers looking for the best cup of coffee in the country. The celebrated Harvey Girls, the country's first female workforce, became genuine Americana, even inspiring an MGM musical starring Judy Garland. In a historical biography as richly rewarding as a slice of apple pie, Stephen Fried follows the rise of this remarkable man whose family business and can-do spirit civilized the West- and shaped American culture and history for generations." Appetite for America
Softcover, 437 pages.