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
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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