- Paperback: 136 pages
- Publisher: Second Renaissance Pr (August 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1561141453
- ISBN-13: 978-1561141456
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,308,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This short book is the story of one man's adventure in building one of the largest grain elevator's in the world. If you are an engineer or interested in the history of structures in the US this is a must read.
Put this on your shelf next to "Banker and Bear", "Cash McCall", and "The Fountainhead".
Charlie Bannon's trials and tribulations in getting the elevator built are showcased against a very realistic picture of what it takes to get a complex project through to completion, something that Webster would have know all about through his father.
Webster wrote using dictation. This let him concentrate on the ideas that swirled around in his brain rather than being forced by pen and paper to slowly squeeze out the form of the story. His style, therefore, is wide-ranging and he touches on many aspects of the environment, filling out a broad picture of the time and place. It is possible that Webster's writing regimen was influenced by his father's experience: Towner Kenney Webster made and lost several fortunes between inventing and investing. His biggest loss was his investment, with Samuel Clemmons (Mark Twain) in a mechanized typesetting machine. Ottmar Mergenthaler's Linotype came on the market almost a year before the machine backed by Webster and Clemmons. They lost all of their investment. Henry Kitchell Webster was my great uncle.
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I read this because of the connection with Ayn Rand.
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