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The Temple of Musicby Jonathan Lowy
Synopses & Reviews
In a starkly divided America, a Republican president seeks reelection in the afterglow of a controversial war. He is bankrolled by millionaires, with every step of his career orchestrated by a political mastermind. While terrorists plot the assassination of world leaders, a lonely, disturbed revolutionary stalks the President. . . .
It all happened. One hundred years ago. It all comes to life in The Temple of Music.
A vivid, gripping historical novel, The Temple of Music re-creates the larger-than-life characters and tempestuous events that rocked America at the turn of the century. It tells the tales of murder and romance, of robber barons, immigrants, yellow journalists, and anarchists, all centering around one of the most fascinating and mysterious events in American history: the assassination of President William McKinley. Sweeping in scope, The Temple of Music is a rare literary achievement that intertwines history and fiction into an indelible tapestry of America in the Gilded Age.
Spanning years, countries, and classes, this novel paints a portrait of a young country at the turn of the century--a time when everything was new; every day had the power to change history, and larger-than-life figures brushed shoulders and sometimes collided with wretchedly poor working men.
In a novel that mirrors the narrative sweep of E. L. Doctorow's Ragtime, critically acclaimed author Jonathan Lowy captures the breathtaking pace and dazzling potential that was America at the turn of the century. Larger-than-life figures such as Andrew Carnegie, Emma Goldman, William McKinley, Ambrose Bierce, and William Randolph Hearst brush shoulders and sometimes collide with wretchedly poor working men like Leon Czolgosz, a factory worker who, after a lifetime of alienation and 16-hour workdays, would ultimately assassinate President McKinley. Spanning years, countries, and classes, The Temple of Music paints a portrait of a young country at a time when everything was new--and every day had the power to change history.
About the Author
Jonathan Lowy is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Elvis and Nixon. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and children. This is his second novel.
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