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Crosley: Two Brothers and a Business Empire That Transformed the Nation Paperback – June 28, 2008


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Clerisy Press; First Trade Paper Edition edition (June 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578603226
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578603220
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,222,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bought this book as a Christmas gift for my Dad and he has all ready read the full book.
C. Wenning
While the exact style of writing is less than ideal, the book is a good and easy read that is both entertaining and informative from beginning to end.
David Obanion
The book gave a rich history of life in Cincinnati during the first half of the 20th century.
F. Alan Garten

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Joe Wikert on April 29, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I don't read very many biographies but I made an exception with Crosley and I'm glad I did. I just finished it last night and it was one of the most enjoyable reads I've had in quite awhile. The book covers the lives of two brothers, Powel and Lewis Crosley, and their remarkable careers; Powel was the creative genius and Lewis was the hard-working, reliable partner who made everything happen.

So what exactly did these two do? Not a whole lot, other than create radios "for the masses, not the classes", build one of the leading AM radio stations in the country, pioneer and build home refrigeration systems, manufacture explosive devices that helped win World War II, design and manufacture automobiles and own the Cincinnati Reds. (I left a few of the smaller items out, btw.)

If you're from the Cincinnati area you're probably familiar with the Crosley name. The Reds used to play at Crosley Field before Riverfront Stadium opened in 1970 -- that was the extent of my Crosley knowledge prior to reading this great book. Now I feel like a bit of a Crosley expert, primarily because the authors did a fantastic job of assembling the facts and telling the story. There's also a companion website for the book where you can find more information about the authors and loads of Crosley family pictures, including several that aren't in the book.

Even if you're like I was and aren't that familiar with the Crosley family, you owe it to yourself to grab a copy of this and read it cover to cover -- you won't be disappointed.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By F. Alan Garten on January 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Fantastic! This book is one of the most captivating that I've read. I received "Crosley" for Christmas from my son. Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. The 500 pages just flew by leaving me looking for more stories about the Crosley brothers. Being a native of Cincinnati, I was always aware of the Crosley name and WLW, the Reds, the cars, the radios, and the appliances that bore it. What I found so intriguing is the life story behind all of the great inventions and products. The egotistic, flamboyant style of Powel, the "average guy" style of Lewis and how their personalities complemented each other to create the driving force that was Crosley.

The book gave a rich history of life in Cincinnati during the first half of the 20th century. It was excellent in bringing to life the family members, their friends, and their relationships. Finally, it described the latter years of tragedy and disappointments that characterized Powel's life. In contrast were the peaceful and fulfilling days of Lewis's golden years.

After reading this book, I couldn't wait to drive around Cincinnati and locate Crosley Square, the production plants, the Pinecroft mansion and the location where the Crosley airport stood. It heightened my awareness of the great technology, products and aviation history that came from Crosley. The name Crosley certainly ranks along side that of Ford and Edison as industrial giants of the 20th century. This is a must read for anyone interested in Cincinnati or any of the great products that came from Crosley.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By H. Keller on July 22, 2007
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I'm sitting in a home full of computers, MP3 players, dvd recorders and players, a satellite TV box, and scores of electric appliances that are smarter than I am. Reading of a time when consumer electronics were unknown, and the primary electric appliance was a lightbulb, is like looking into the dark ages. Well, not quite. But you know what I mean.

The Crosley name is one that I've heard around my home throughout my life, but with the exception of a Crosley radio on a shelf, my knowledge of the company or the men that founded the firm was fuzzy at best. The authors have done an outstanding job at fleshing out Powel and Lewis Crosley and the world they lived in and revolutionized.

Many a novel I've read non-stop, but this is the first biography that I've done an "all-nighter" with.

The authors had no axe to grind, the times were well fleshed out, and one's faith in the ability of someone to think it up and do it, is reaffirmed. It was chock full of interesting information and facts, and I found myself checking Google satellite maps for locations mentioned in the book (Yes, the Arlington St. location still exisits and the satellite pic catches the executive tower, one-time home of WLW).

There is some bumpy writing, as noted in a few other reviews. I blame not the authors, but the editor. The boys really like their cliches. Lawyers are always "Sharpening their pencils," people come and go "Exit Stage right/left, Enter stage right/left;" and so many variations of "Masses not the classes" permeated the text, I wondered if they had some sort of Bolshevik thing going on.

That aside, this guy will be giving several copies of this book for Christmas this year - and I can't think of a better testimonial to the book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bobby Corno on December 30, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I received the book on the Crosley Brothers this Christmas. Having lived in and around Cincinnati my entire life, The Crosley name was very familiar, in fact my father owned a Crosley Automobile. I thought thisbook would be a simple trip dpwn memory lane but I was most surprised to find that it is full of fascinating information about the most chaotic beginnings of both the auto and the radio industry. The information is incorporated into the personal story of the Brothers in a clear and yet exciting narrative. I couldn't put the book down. The story is a truly amazing one. Many famous names are encountered along the way and we see them a real people rather than icons. It is a wonderful book. You will not regret one minute spent reading it.

p.s. the only reasob I did not give it a full 5 stars is because I am not quite finished reading[@ 85 pages to go]
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