Stephen Fried: Appetite for America

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Two-time National Magazine Award winner Stephen Fried presents the extraordinary saga of Fred Harvey, a man whose life, entrepreneurial spirit, innovation, hard work, and resilience – let alone his Harvey Houses and Harvey Girls – have become the stuff of legend.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
6:30pm @ Central Library

As much an American success story as a story about America itself, the saga of Fred Harvey and the Harvey Houses is a captivating tale of entrepreneurial innovation, hard work, and resilience that left an indelible mark on our nation’s culture and history. To a surprising degree, we still live in an America of Fred Harvey’s making. But just who was Fred Harvey?

To answer that question, award-winning journalist Stephen Fried has recreated a life that reads like a Horatio Alger rags-to-riches story. Fried is an investigative journalist and essayist, and an adjunct professor of journalism at Columbia University.

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