A Blazing Gilded Age: Episodes of an American Family and a Volatile Era by Rich DiSilvioA Blazing Gilded Age: Episodes of an American Family and a Volatile Era by Rich DiSilvio

A Blazing Gilded Age: Episodes of an American Family and a Volatile Era

byRich DiSilvio

Paperback | June 30, 2016

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A Blazing Gilded Age” is the epic story of a volatile nation burning with ambition, yet bleeding with injustice. It was a time of profound change, boldly transforming from an agrarian backwater into an industrial powerhouse.

Center stage is the Wozniak family; poor coal miners struggling to achieve the elusive American dream. Suffering a string of calamities at the hands of their ruthless and depraved boss, Archibald Desmond Huxley, the Wozniaks are thrust into utter turmoil, thus igniting a blazing journey of revenge, justice, and survival.

During the Wozniaks’ quest they encounter many icons, including Theodore Roosevelt, J.P. Morgan, Andrew Carnegie, Mark Twain, Nikola Tesla, Presidents Garfield and McKinley, Buffalo Bill, and many others, thus painting a broad and vivid canvas of 19th century America.

Springing to life is an era boiling with bravado, yet blistering with greed, as innovation and military might coincide with child labor and class warfare.  After many unexpected twists of fate—some fortuitous and others heartbreaking—the Wozniaks emerge victorious, thus finally achieving the American dream, yet not without scars.

Both powerful and poignant, "A Blazing Gilded Age" serves as an entertaining and enlightening read of how and why America has gone astray, and why it became a world leader. While at its core, it imparts the harrowing, yet triumphant, tale of a family's struggle to survive in an age that, in many ways, was as dark and rough as coal and at times could be as blazing as Hell.

Rich DiSilvio is the author of thrillers, mysteries, historical fiction, and non-fiction,. He has written numerous articles for magazines on the topics of history, art, music, politics, the military, architecture and more, as well as four books. "My Nazi Nemesis" is an action-packed thriller with suspenseful twists. "A Blazing Gilded ...
Title:A Blazing Gilded Age: Episodes of an American Family and a Volatile EraFormat:PaperbackDimensions:510 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.14 inPublished:June 30, 2016Publisher:Digital Vista, inc.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:0981762557

ISBN - 13:9780981762555

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"In A Blazing Gilded Age, Rich DiSilvio has written not only an entertaining story, but he has given readers an insight into history through his excellent research on the men of the 19th century. It brings to light all the struggles and victories of the workers who defined a generation. The people who worked hard, long hours for very little pay are the real heroes; they worked in coal mines, built the impressive buildings, and held down other jobs to support their families. Marc Wozniak, along with his father and brother, worked in one of the coal mines. I learned a great deal from this well-researched, informative, and entertaining book. I would recommend this book to all readers, especially teachers looking for an entertaining way for their students to explore a critical time in our history." -- Patsy Glans for Readers' Favorite