Welcome to the 19th century world of Fred Harvey! Harvey arrived from England in 1853, moved west as the country expanded, and found work in the burgeoning railroad industry as a ticket seller. From that position and the contacts he made, he created a railroad dining and hotel empire that stretched past mid-20th century.

Stephen Fried’s Appetite for America explores Harvey’s successes and failure and follows the development of the Harvey House brand (before branding was a business model). Fred Harvey’s success story parallels an equally fascinating era in United States history and has spawned its share of history and legend. This map invites readers to explore further—into the worlds of business, biography, fiction, movies, and music–just a few of the myriad topics suggested by the book.

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