A very informative and entertaining read.
(David Lee Poremba Past In Review
Complements and expands on A.K. Sandoval-Strausz's Hotel.
[Berger's]nuanced interpretation of technology makes her work so important to design historians... Hotels have served as realms of the fantastic that permit guests to escape the everyday and enter into a world of dreams where service and splendour define new experiences. It is this dream world that Berger successfully evokes in this important book and others should follow her lead by exploring this remarkably rich topic.
(David Brody Journal of Design History
A rigorously researched and elegantly written study of the role of the hotel in shaping and embodying ideals of progress, luxury, and technology in a consumer capitalist society. Berger's monograph is a welcome contribution to the growing scholarly literature on the history of hotels in modern America, and is a must-read for scholars of business history, the history of technology, architectural and urban history, and the history of consumer culture.
(Robin F. Bachin American Historical Review
A salutatory and important book.
(Richard Gassan Review Symposium
A worthwhile addition to the growing scholarly literature on hotels.
(Journal of American History
In a relatively compact study, Berger has provided a rich, revealing portrayal of her subject that is likely to remain a basic source for scholars examining the history of the city no less than of the hotel itself for some years to come.
(Richard Longstreth Journal of Social History
About the Author
Molly W. Berger is associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and instructor of history at Case Western Reserve University. She is editor of The American Hotel, an award-winning volume in The Journal of Decorative and Propaganda Arts series.