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Banquet at Delmonico's
Author: Barry Werth

ISBN: 9780226893846
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 14 February 2011
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.1
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In Banquet at Delmonico’s, Barry Werth draws readers inside the circle of intellectuals, scientists, politicians, businessmen, and clergymen who brought Charles Darwin’s controversial ideas to post-Civil-War America. Each chapter is dedicated to a crucial intellectual encounter, culminating with an exclusive farewell dinner held in English philosopher Herbert Spencer’s honor at the venerable New York restaurant Delmonico’s in 1882. In this thought-provoking and nuanced account, Werth firmly situates social Darwinism in the context of the Gilded Age. Banquet at Delmonico’s is social history at its finest.

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