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  • PDF | 378 pages
  • Nabu Press (April 22, 2010)
  • English
  • 3
  • Literature & Fiction

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  • By Kindle Customer on October 14, 2014

    I really liked this book. It's fiction, and it's very well written. I think it gives a good perspective on the rapid growth of Chicago, the opportunities for great wealth available to a hard-scrabble, savvy worker in the meat packing business, the fortunes made in canned food, and the nature of business in America.You have to bend the rules if want to really succeed. In fact, you have to bend the rules if you want to simply survive in many businesses. That's how it was then, and that's how it is today. Of course, you have to move fast ... get up earlier, work harder, and work later than your competition. Oh, and it helps if you have a great invention. Yes, and know your friends and your enemies very well, and watch your back too!!As a person who is very interested in American history, it surprises me that I did not know much about the great wealth created in the mid-west by those who sold canned food to the world...and especially canned meat. There was Carnegie, Rockefeller, Flagler, Mellon, Ford and Morgan. But we should not forget the wealthy food giants...Phillip Danforth Armour and Gustavus Swift, who founded their empires in Chicago's Union Stockyards. And then there were Joseph A. Campbell and John T. Dorrance, but their soup empire was founded in Camden, New Jersey.

  • By Bomojaz on July 28, 2005

    About an unscrupulous businessman who tells his own story and doesn't think he's unscrupulous at all - just practical. If it takes a bribe to get ahead, you bribe. Van Harrington arrives in Chicago penniless, gets a lowly job with a meat packing firm, and begins his climb up the ladder, doing whatever it takes. His family is appalled by his actions, but he rationalizes everything. At novel's end he is a US senator. Herrick, to his credit, does not have Harrington suffer much for his behavior - it is handled all very realistically.


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