by Donald L. Miller
In four words—“the capital of everything”—Duke Ellington captured Manhattan during one of the most exciting and celebrated eras in our history: the Jazz Age. Radio, tabloid newspapers, and movies with sound appeared. The silver screen took over Times Square as Broadway became America's movie mecca. Tremendous new skyscrapers were built in Midtown in one of the greatest building booms in history.
Supreme City is the story of Manhattan’s growth and transformation in the 1920s and the brilliant people behind it. Nearly all of the makers of modern Manhattan came from elsewhere: Walter Chrysler from the Kansas prairie; entertainment entrepreneur Florenz Ziegfeld from Chicago. William Paley, founder of the CBS radio network, was from Philadelphia, while his rival David Sarnoff, founder of NBC, was a Russian immigrant. Cosmetics queen Elizabeth Arden was Canadian and her rival, Helena Rubenstein, Polish. All of them had in common vaulting ambition and a desire to fulfill their dreams in New York. As mass communication emerged, the city moved from downtown to midtown through a series of engineering triumphs—Grand Central Terminal and the new and newly chic Park Avenue it created, the Holland Tunnel, and the modern skyscraper. In less than ten years Manhattan became the social, cultural, and commercial hub of the country. The 1920s was the Age of Jazz and the Age of Ambition.
Original in concept, deeply researched, and utterly fascinating, Supreme City transports readers to that time and to the city which outsiders embraced, in E.B. White’s words, “with the intense excitement of first love.” [close]
by Yvonne von Innes (Goodreads Author)
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If you are looking for a quick and easy beach read with swift character development, this book is NOT for you. If you seek more sophisticated prose and a deeper meaning, read on.
Angel’s Breath is a literacy experience in an academic setting. The story unfolds from a Christian perspective and requires a certain amount of discernment and patience. I highly recommend reading some of the reviews and the initial chapters before entering this giveaway. All of this information is available for free under Amazon Kindle books on Amazon.com. If you like what you see, I hope you will win a copy to enjoy.
― Tom McDonough, The Situationists and the City: A Reader
― Roland Barthes, The Eiffel Tower and Other Mythologies
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