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Hotel: An American History
Hotel: An American History by Andrew K. Sandoval-Strausz 0300142021 9780300142020
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Hotel: An American History by Andrew K. Sandoval-Strausz

When George Washington embarked on his presidential tours of 178991, the rudimentary inns and taverns of the day suddenly seemed dismally inadequate. But within a decade, Americans had built the first hotelslarge and elegant structures that boasted private bedchambers and grand public ballrooms. This book recounts the enthralling history of the hotel in Americaa saga in which politicians and prostitutes, tourists and tramps, conventioneers and confidence men, celebrities and salesmen all rub elbows.Hotelexplores why the hotel was invented, how its architecture developed, and the many ways it influenced the course of United States history. The volume also presents a beautiful collection of more than 120 illustrations, many in full color, of hotel life in every era. nbsp; Hotelexplores these topics and more: nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; What it was like to sleep, eat, and socialize at a hotel in the mid-1800s nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; Hownbsp; hotelkeepers dealt with the illicit activities of adulterers, thieves, and violent guests nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; The stories behind Americas greatest hotels, including the Waldorf-Astoria, the Plaza, the Willard, the Blackstone, and the Fairmont nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; Why Confederate spies plotted to burn down thirteen hotels in New York City during the Civil War nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; How the development of steamboats and locomotivesnbsp; helped create a nationwide network of hotels nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; Hownbsp; hotels became architectural models for apartment buildings nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; The pivotal role of hotels in the civil rights movement nbsp

Author: Andrew K. Sandoval-Strausz

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 384

Publisher: Yale University Press

Publication Date: 2008-12-02

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ISBN: 0300142021

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