Sweeping in scope and evocation of America at the turn of the 20th century, the time of Robber Barons, the World's Fair, immigration, yellow journalists, unions, and anarchists, The Temple of Music
tells the story of real-life characters who embodied the Gilded Age. Among them are corrupt kingmaker "Dollar" Hana; candidate and media star William Jennings Bryan; sleazy, all-powerful newspaper mogul William Randolph Hearst; morality czar Anthony Comstock, perpetually at war against pornography and contraceptives; William McKinley, who becomes the president and Leon Czolgosz, a Czech immigrant who assassinates him. As America becomes an empire and the industrial age booms and produces wealthy industry tycoons such as Carnegie, Gould, and Rockefeller, the workers, wretchedly poor and overworked, form labor unions, strikes, and the anarchist movement.
©2004 Jonathan Lowy; (P)2004 Books on Tape, Inc.