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Kelly, Thomas | Empire Rising | Book - Advance Reading Copy
Empire Rising | Kelly, Thomas | Book - Advance Reading Copy

EMPIRE RISING by Thomas Kelly

Advance reading copy, mint, new/unread in flawless pictorial wrappers. 2005 NY: Farrar, Straus and Giroux ISBN 9780374147815
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As the novel opens, it is 1930, and ground has just been broken for the Empire State Building, which rises during the book as if heedless to the Depression that surrounds it. One of the thousands of men working high above the city is Michael Briody, an Irish immigrant torn between his desire to make a new life in America and his pledge to gather money and arms for the Irish republican cause. When he meets Grace Masterson, an alluring artist who is depicting the great skyscraper's rise from her houseboat on the East River, Briody's life suddenly turns exhilarating-and dangerous, for Grace is also a paramour of Johnny Farrell, Mayor Jimmy Walker's liaison with Tammany Hall and the underworld. Their story--an urban thriller which takes place both in the immigrant neighborhoods of the South Bronx and amidst the swanky nightlife of the "21" Club--is also a chronicle of the city's rough passage from a working-class enclave to a world-class metropolis, and a vivid re-imagining of the conflict that pitted the Tammany Hall political machine and its popular mayor, Jimmy Walker, against the boundlessly ambitious Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
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