The Cold Millions

The Cold Millions

Downloadable Audiobook - 2020
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The author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Beautiful Ruins delivers another "literary miracle" (NPR)?a propulsive, richly entertaining novel about two adventure-seeking brothers, the enemies who threaten them, and the women who reveal to them an unjust world on the brink of upheaval. The Dolan brothers live by their wits, jumping freight trains and lining up for day work at crooked job agencies. While sixteen-year-old Rye yearns for a steady job and a home, his dashing older brother Gig dreams of a better world, fighting alongside other union men for fair pay and decent treatment. Enter Ursula the Great, a vaudeville singer who performs with a live cougar, and who introduces the brothers to a far more dangerous creature: a wealthy mining magnate who will stop at nothing to keep his wealth and his hold on Ursula. Dubious of his brother's idealism, Rye finds himself drawn to a fearless nineteen-year-old activist and feminist named Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, her passion sweeping him into the workers' cause. But a storm is coming, threatening to overwhelm them all, and Rye will be forced to decide where he stands. Is it enough to win the occasional battle, even if you cannot win the war? An intimate story of brotherhood, love, sacrifice and betrayal set against the panoramic backdrop of an early twentieth-century America that eerily echoes our own time, The Cold Millions offers a stunning, kaleidoscopic portrait of a nation grappling with the chasm between rich and poor, between harsh realities and simple dreams. Featuring an unforgettable cast of cops and tramps, suffragists and socialists, madams and murderers, it is a powerful and moving tour de force from a "writer who has planted himself firmly in the first rank of American authors" (Boston Globe).
Publisher: [S.I.] : HarperAudio, 2020
ISBN: 9780063033863
Branch Call Number: EAUDIOBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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May 06, 2021

This book has a distinct and unique style - sometimes I thought of John Steinbeck - other times of Upton Sinclair. I found the beginning chaotic and violent - I almost stopped reading, but I am glad that I continued. This novel is well written story about the history of organized labor, life on the fringes of society, and the devotion of two brothers. It has complex and unique characters. Recommend. Kristi & Abby Tabby

DCLadults Dec 08, 2020

A Listen to This staff pick 2020. The Book: Two brothers who arrive in Spokane seeking seasonal work. Events take a turn when they get caught up in the free speech movement and union organizing. The Audio: Ballerini's delivery conveys both a polarized sociopolitical atmosphere fueled by a wealth gap and deep personal connections forged by common experience.

ArapahoeChristineS Nov 09, 2020

This is historical fiction at its best. I loved how the author weaved together a compelling story told from multiple point of views, about two brothers, the idealistic older brother Gig, and the kind but ambivalent Rye. The excitement of the story made it feel like an adventure story, but it was really just a well written novel set during a turbulent time for free speech and workers rights.


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