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Banquet at Delmonico's

Great Minds, the Gilded Age, and the Triumph of Evolution in America

By Barry Werth

Banquet at Delmonico's
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  • Hardcover: Jan 2009,
    400 pages.
    Paperback: Apr 2011,
    400 pages.

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What better way to get a fresh take on the current competition of social ideologies than by reading about how it played out a hundred years ago?

The world is a dynamic and unstable place; violent conflicts erupt, political differences divide our nation, a fantastic expansion of wealth gives way to recession, perhaps depression. Though it may sound like a summary of the week's headlines, this is the world as it appeared more than a century ago on the cusp of The Gilded Age, the unalloyed era of American progress that serves as backdrop for Barry Werth's new work of popular history. Offering a fascinating window onto the battle of ideas that raged as United States was catapulted to the status of a global power by its industrial might, Banquet at Delmonico's will make an enjoyable read for anyone wanting to learn about an eminently relevant era of U.S. history and have some fun in the bargain.

The book's subtitle is Great Minds, the Gilded Age, and the Triumph of Evolution in America, but it has very little ...

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