- 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: 8.8 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,033,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Crosley: Two Brothers and a Business Empire That Transformed the Nation Paperback – June 28, 2008
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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.
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.
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.
And this biography is also an enjoyable romp through early 20th Century America. Loaded with information that brings the Crosley brothers and their time to life, it is a must-read for anyone interested in 20th Century American history, or the history of 20th Century innovation.
Maybe I can sum up the importance of this book in just one sentence: The latter 20th and early 21st Century had a business genius named Steve Jobs, but before Steve Jobs, we had Powel (and Lewis) Crosley.
There are similarities between modern computer innovator Steve Jobs and radio innovator Powel Crosley Jr. Don't take my word for it. Read this book and decide for yourself.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Back when I was working 50+ hrs. per week, I tried to read this fascinating book on the Crosley’s, but it took me a very long time to complete it. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
I read dozens of business history books each year and this is the only one I have thought so much of to recommended it to my friends. Read morePublished 23 days ago by C. M.
Greetings from Fairmount, Indiana. It's my privilege to echo the positive sentiments others have posted about the book, Crosley: Two Brothers and a Business Empire. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Dave Mantor
Learn about these important businessmen of the 20th century, that you never heard of.Published 10 months ago by Randy Roberson
Very enlightening. Good history of Ohio and the industrial agePublished 12 months ago by Scott Farkas
A well written book about two men that are virtually unknown. Easy reading.Published 12 months ago by viewman