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Said to be Ayn Rand's favorite novel.a selection from CHAPTER I: The contract for the two million bushel grain elevator, Calumet K, had been let to MacBride Company, of Minneapolis, in January, but the superstructure was not begun until late in May, and at the end of October it was still far from completion. Ill luck had attended Peterson, the constructor, especially since...more
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This is where Ayn Rand got her inspiration. Or the story she ripped off - you decide.

"It's the small fry that make the trouble. Guess that's true 'most everywhere."

In Calumet K, the foreman Charlie Bannon steers a Great Project to its completion, cleverly overcoming obstacles in his path like accidents, weather, industrial competition, and crafty union reps. In this industrial-capitalistic adventure, achievement is the goal.

Webster describes the project, a massive grain elevator, as a marvel of engineering, and the reader sees through Bannon's eyes, admiring the monument for

I had never heard of this book when I grabbed it blindly off the library shelf, but I agree with the reviewers who compare it to Ayn Rand. It has the same sort of indefatigable protagonist who never seems to make a mistake. Without the preachy philosophy of Rand, the plot moves quickly, and you almost feel as if you have to rush through reading the book to help the characters meet their deadline.

An interesting look at the attitudes of business/labor at the end of the 19th century.

Recommendation: Good for a casual browse; especially since it's a 'free-to-the-reader' Google digital book.

[Nook eBook #12:] (232 pages, Google digital edition from Barnes & Noble)
Chi Laskowsavich
Good, short book. A bit of lingo I wasn't familiar with. The main character forms the archetype for Ayn Rand's "Get shit done" characters. The difference is that in Calumet K, the character is romanticized, but possible.
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