The Temple of Music

  • by Jonathan Lowy
  • Narrated by Stephen Hoye
  • 13 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


What the Critics Say

"Compelling....Colorful pictures of the era's giants." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

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Very Disappointing

This book may very well be good, but the narration style was so overdone and florid that I couldn't even listen past the first 30 minutes. Before you buy this one, listen to the preview. I wish I had
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- J. Roderick

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-06-2005
  • Publisher: Books on Tape