City of Promise by Beverly Swerling
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City of Promise Summary
Beverly Swerlings critically acclaimed epic saga continues as New York emerges from the Civil War into the Gilded Agea city marked by soaring expansion and teeming with unbridled ambition and dazzling glamour.
Joshua Turner returns home from the War with only one leg, but his ambition intact, and sees opportunity in the exponential growth of vital city workersthe managers and clerks who churn New Yorks economic life. This new middle class must live in dreary family residences, where everyone eats in a shared dining room and no woman can have a key to her own front door. Manhattan, Joshua realizes, has limited land but unlimited air. He aspires to build the citys first apartment houses for everyman, a daring vision that will make him New York's first true real estate titan but will also attract the dangerous attention of a shadowy figure from Joshs days in a notorious Confederate prison.
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"With a fast-paced, complex plot showcasing opulent Fifth Avenue mansions, Wall Street pandemonium, deals both fair and underhand, and the rising influence of the ethnic gangs, Swerling expertly interlaces the stories of a Gilded Age couple and their magnificent city. Compulsive reading that informs and entertains." - Booklist
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Beverly Swerling Author Biography
Beverly Swerling is a writer, a consultant, and an avid amateur historian. She lives in New York City with her husband.
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