YOUNG AMES by Walter D. Edmonds
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I liked this as well as any -- and better than most of Walter Edmonds' excellent historical novels -- character fiction set against realistically handled and authentically flavored backgrounds. New York city in those troubled days which bear an close an analogy to our own of the 33's and 34's, when Andrew Jackson was ""that man in the White House"", blamed for the panic, the bank failures, the shrinking of large incomes, unemployment, collapse of security, virtually every evil that could be spotted. It all has an ironically familiar ring, even to the fears that ""he"" would talk the country into war. So much for the psychological background; the physical background was New York, particularly as it concerned the world traffic played around the wharfs, as great shipping houses vied with each other for control of the cotton market, the rice market, etc. Well-paced plot, good characterization particularly in the minor characters, and a romance that could have been stereotyped in the handling and isn't between the very junior clerk (with just a touch of ""what makes Sammy run"" him) and the boss's daughter (in this case a niece). The street riots, the great fire, the innstein of immigrants with its resultant evils, all make it as good as a perl of Valentine's Manuals for incurable antiquarians. And a rattling good tale for moderns.

Pub Date: Jan. 19th, 1941
Publisher: Little, Brown