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Ragged Dick: Or, Street Life in New York with the Boot Blacks
Horatio Alger
0451529839
September 2005
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Description
A plucky street boy who smokes, gambles, and speaks ungrammatically, Dick is also honest and hardworking. A quintessential novel of adventure, romance, and coming-of-age, it is also an exhilarating tale of one boy's metamorphosis from dirty street urchin to gentleman.


The Fictional Republic: Horatio Alger and American Political Discourse
Carol Nackenoff
019507923X
January 1994
Hardcover
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Book Description
Investigating the persistence and place of the formulas of Horatio Alger in American politics, The Fictional Republic reassesses the Alger story in its Gilded Age context. Carol Nackenoff argues that Alger was a keen observer of the dislocations and economic pitfalls of the rapidly
industrializing nation, and devised a set of symbols that addressed anxieties about power and identity. As classes were increasingly divided by wealth, life chances, residence space, and culture, Alger maintained that Americans could still belong to one estate. The story of the youth who faces
threats to his virtue, power, independence, and identity stands as an allegory of the American Republic. Nackenoff examines how the Alger formula continued to shape political discourse in Reagan's America and beyond.


The Seasoning of a Chef: My Journey from Diner to Ducasse and Beyond
Doug Psaltis
0767919688
September 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Hot stoves, sharp knives, insanely long hours, low pay and no formal training—Psaltis pursued a relentless apprenticeship, parlaying each kitchen opportunity into another, including spending his few days off working unpaid in other restaurants, until he reached the culinary world's major leagues, working at Bouley Bakery in New York, the French Laundry in California and, most notably, for Alain Ducasse in New York and Monte Carlo, and as the original chef at Ducasse's restaurant Mix in New York. Written in the first person with assistance from his brother, Michael, Psaltis's story focuses on the professionalism and perfection required in the best restaurants. Like any great insider account, it brims with intriguing tidbits about various players and politics in the restaurant world, reveals some lesser-known...


The American Myth of Success
Richard Weiss
0252060431
Oct 1988
Paperback
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Ragged Dick and Struggling Upward
Horatio Alger
0140390332
January 1985
Paperback
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Download Description
The hero of 'Ragged Dick' is a veritable 'diamond in the rough'-as innately virtuous as he is streetwise and cocky. Immediately popular with young readers, the novel also appealed to parents, who responded to its colorful espousal of the Protestant ethic. 'Struggling Upward' published nearly thirty years later, followed the same time-tested formulas, and despite critical indifference it, too, had mass appeal.


Ragged Dick & Mark the Match Boy
Horatio Alger
0684842904
Oct 1998
Paperback
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Robert C. Byrd: Child of the Appalachian Coalfields
Robert C. Byrd
1933202009
June 2005
Hardcover
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Struggling Upward or Luke Larkin's Luck
Horatio Alger
0766194264
Mar 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
1886. Alger is often credited with inventing the strive and succeed spirit that inspired boys to work hard and advance themselves to attain the American Dream, and which permeates his writing. Struggling Upward is a novelette that teaches Alger's recurring theme that honesty and hard work will always pay. See other titles by this author available from Kessinger Publishing.


Black Titan: A. G. Gaston and the Making of a Black American Millionaire
Carol Jenkins
0345453484
January 2005
Paperback
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Review
“No library of American business achievement is complete without the story of Arthur G. Gaston. . . . Black Titan is a long overdue contribution to the recording of not just black history, but American history.”
—EARL G. GRAVES SR.
Chairman and CEO, Earl G. Graves Ltd.
Founder and Publisher, Black Enterprise magazine
Author of How to Succeed in Business Without Being White:
Straight Talk on Making It in America

“A. G. Gaston was there first. He succeeded when the odds seemed insurmountable. This important book traces his incredible life, from coal miner to millionaire. It is full of lessons for anyone looking to succeed in today’s business world.”
—ROBERT JOHNSON
CEO, Black Entertainment Television,...


Easterns, Westerns, and Private Eyes: American Matters, 1870-1900
Marcus Klein
029914304X
October 1994
Paperback
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From Library Journal
Klein (English, SUNY-Buffalo) discusses Horatio Alger's stories about boys living by their wits on the streets of New York City; the West as imagined by Easterners like Theodore Roosevelt, Owen Wister, and the dime-novel writers; and Pinkerton detectives and the fiction they inspired. Unfortunately, his work lacks focus. Despite his claims, Klein fails to illuminate the rags-to-riches stories, the Westerns, and the detectives of current popular culture by discussing their predecessors. Even his title is misleading since the concluding chapter covers Dashiell Hammett's private detective novels of the 1920s and 1930s. Many of the works Klein discusses are not included in the bibliography. While this book may be useful to popular culture specialists, it is unlikely to appeal to general readers.Judy Mimken, Saginaw...


Horatio Alger, JR.
Gary Scharnhorst
0810813874
Jan 1981
Hardcover
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Book Description
Documents the evolution of popular opinion about Alger's works.


American Mythos: Why Our Best Efforts to Be a Better Nation Fall Short
Robert Wuthnow
069112504X
February 2006
Hardcover
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Library Journal
"Challenges the reader to confront some unsettling truths about who we are, what we believe, and what we must do".

Review
Robert K. Vischer Commonweal : Provides an important reminder that amid the din of the culture wars, our storytelling matters.

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Ragged Dick
Horatio Alger
0812973585
Sept 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
“[Alger] was an utterly American artist . . . and the truth of his books is the truth of the power of the wish. . . . Alger was perhaps American capitalism’s greatest and most effective propagandist.”
–Richard Wright

Introduction by David K. Shipler

Written to inspire schoolboys to strive for “honesty, industry, frugality, and a worthy ambition,” the novels of Horatio Alger (1832—99) are infused with great humanity, broad humor, and a surprisingly sophisticated view of Gilded Age propriety.

Central to Alger’s philosophy is the notion that heroes like Ragged Dick, a poor boot-black, manage to get ahead by dint of hard work, resourcefulness, luck, pluck, and fair play.

Alger’s upwardly mobile heroes have become paragons of middle-class...


Made in America
Jeffrey Louis Decker
0816630216
Nov 1997
Paperback
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Astors: A Family Chronicle of Pomp and Power
Lucy Kavaler
0595095674
September 2000
Paperback
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New Yorker
A friendly but not uncritical family saga.

Burlington Advance
The avid reader who likes to get acquainted with a good book will surely experience a pleasurable shock of recognition.

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Coming Back on Wall Street
Horatio Alger
0870340794
June 1986
Paperback
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Erie Train Boy
Horatio Alger
0781235650
September 1989
Library Binding
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Book Description
From the publication of Ragged Dick in 1867 through to the 1930s, Horatio Alger’s tales of young boys overcoming adversity were part of the mainstream of American culture. The phrase "a Horatio Alger story" remains synonymous with the American ideal of struggling against adversity and finally achieving success, financial and otherwise – but especially financial. As Michael Moore says in Dude, Where's My Country?, "Alger was one of the most popular American writers of the late 1800s... Alger's stories featured characters from impoverished backgrounds who, through pluck and determination and hard work, were able to make huge successes of themselves in this land of boundless opportunity. The message was that 'anyone can make it in America, and make it big.'" Ironically, however, it is typically chance and good...

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