Biographies & Memoirs

Appetite for America: How Visionary Businessman Fred Harvey Built a Railroad Hospitality Empire That Civilized the Wild West

Appetite for America: How Visionary Businessman Fred Harvey Built a Railroad Hospitality Empire That Civilized the Wild West

The legendary life and entrepreneurial vision of Fred Harvey helped shape American culture and history for three generations—from the 1880s all the way through World War II—and still influence our lives today in surprising and fascinating ways. Now award-winning journalist Stephen Fried re-creates the life of this unlikely American hero, the founding father of the nation’s service industry, whose remarkable family business civilized the West and introduced America to Americans.

PROLOGUE: WHO THE HELL IS FRED HARVEY?

PART ONE: FRED DISCOVERS AMERICA (AND VICE VERSA), 1853-1901

Chapter 1: POT WALLOPER

Chapter 2: THE LAST TRAIN STOP IN AMERICA

Chapter 3: A GENTLEMAN AMONG THE BLEEDING KANSANS

Chapter 4: RAILROAD WARRIOR

Chapter 5: OPPORTUNISTIC SPONGE

Chapter 6: SAVAGE AND UNNATURAL FEEDING

Chapter 7: THEY’LL TRY ANYTHING

Chapter 8: SUITED TO THE MOST EXIGENT OR EPICUREAN TASTE

Chapter 9: COWBOY VICTUALER

Chapter 10: VIVA LAS VEGAS

Chapter 11: WE ARE IN THE WILDS, WE ARE NOT OF THEM

Chapter 12: HARVEY GIRLS

Chapter 13: LIKE A HOUSE AFIRE

Chapter 14: ACUTE AMERICANITIS

Chapter 15: TRANSCONTINENTAL FRED

Chapter 16: BITING THE HAND

Chapter 17: THE BIGGEST CATERED LUNCH IN AMERICAN HISTORY

Chapter 18: LET THE BOYS DO IT

Chapter 19: ROUGH RIDDEN

Chapter 20: THE CLUTCHES OF THE GRIM MONSTER

PART TWO: EXCEEDING THE STANDARD, 1901-1948

Chapter 21: A LITTLE JOURNEY IN THE WILDERNESS

Chapter 22: THE FRED HARVEY INDIAN DEPARTMENT

Chapter 23: TENTH LEGION

Chapter 24: ON THE VERY BRINK OF THE DIZZY GULF

Chapter 25: TRAINIACS

Chapter 26: KANSAS CITY STARS

Chapter 27: NATIONAL PARKING

Chapter 28: DARING YOUNG FREDDY & HIS FLYING MACHINES

Chapter 29: SOROPTIMISTAS

Chapter 30: THE ROAR OF THE TWENTIES

Chapter 31: SANTA FATED

Chapter 32: A WONDERFUL LIVE TOY TO PLAY WITH

Chapter 33: POISED FOR TAKEOFF

Chapter 34: FORD HARVEY HAS A COLD

Chapter 35: FREDDY SPREADS HIS WINGS

Chapter 36: PAY NO ATTENTION TO THAT CRASHING SOUND

Chapter 37: LOAVES AND FISHES

Chapter 38: HEIR RAISING

Chapter 39: GREAT EXPECTATIONS

Chapter 40: TAILSPIN

Chapter 41: KITTY BLINKS

Chapter 42: PRIVATE PRINGLE TO THE RESCUE

Chapter 43: THE SPIES AT LA FONDA

Chapter 44: BIG HOLLYWOOD ENDING

EPILOGUE

Appendix I: THE GRAND TOUR OF FRED HARVEY’S AMERICA

Appendix II: MEALS BY FRED HARVEY

Appendix III: FRED WAS HERE: A MASTER LIST OF FRED HARVEY LOCATIONS

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