Empire Rising



It Is , And Ground Has Just Been Broken For The Empire State Building One Of The Thousands Of Men Who Will Come To Work High Above The City Is Michael Briody, An Irish Immigrant Torn Between His Desire To Make A New Life In America And His Pledge To Gather Money And Arms For The Irish Republican Cause When He Meets Grace Masterson, An Alluring Artist Who Is DepictingEmpire Rising

Thomas Kelly b 1960 is the author of three novels set in New York City Born in New York, Kelly spent ten years as a construction worker and sandhog working in the subway tunnels beneath the city before attending Fordham University and Harvard University, where he received a master s degree in public administration Kelly parlayed his experience in union politics into a job as an advance man for the campaign of New York City mayor David Dinkins, an experience which would form the basis for some of his fiction.Kelly began writing in the mid 1990s, and published his debut, Payback, in 1997 A gritty look at the overlap between construction and the Mafia, it was critically acclaimed and adapted to film by David Mamet Kelly s other works are The Rackets 2001 , which was inspired by Kelly s experience working for City Hall, and Empire Rising 2005 , a historical novel about the construction of the Empire State Building.

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  • Paperback
  • 400 pages
  • Empire Rising
  • Thomas Kelly
  • English
  • 06 July 2019
  • 0312425740

10 thoughts on “Empire Rising

  1. says:

    I was excited about Empire Rising when I saw it on the New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2005 list but Thomas Kelly s novel proved ultimately disappointing.It has all the ingredients of great historical fiction New York City, the Empire State Building, racial tension, the Great Depression and a plethora of Tammany Hall politicians and neighborhood gangsters Sounds pretty good, right I wish I could say that this were true Although I did read to the end, I found myself not really caring I was excited about Empire Rising when I saw it on the New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2005 list but Thomas Kelly s novel proved ultimately disappointing.It has all the ingredients of great historical fiction New York City, the Empire State Building, racial tension, the Great Depression and a plethora of Tammany Hall politicians and neighborhood gangsters Sounds pretty good, right I wish I could say that this were true Although I did read to the end, I found myself not really caring what happened to the main character, an Irish construction worker helping build the Empire State Building rivet by rivet The historical detail seemed like barely adequate window dressing on a thin plot it made the whole thing palatable, but only just barely

  2. says:

    This is historical fiction of a sort relating the story of an Irish immigrant who is building the Empire State Building, adjusting to life in NYC in the Tammany Hall era, and involving himself in both the underworld of the Irish revolution and the corruption of Jimmy Walker It is an accurate fictional representation of the Tammany Hall era and Depression era NYC.

  3. says:

    3.5Some brilliant passages overall lacking drive, despite the fascinating era and focus on the Empire State Building Identified well with the Irish characters who were well done and not overdone The nuances of the 1920s bloodshed in Ireland and how that played out might be too subtle here for nonIrish readers to appreciate.

  4. says:

    The book gets off to a fairly slow start as the characters are introduced I do like how the narrative follows one character to another with relative ease, which adds to the intrigue My favorite part is when Briody and Grace see each other for the first time That being said, I never really felt the quickening pace of the story that I was expecting Whether they were on Empire, or carrying out a job, the narrative all seemed to remain fairly disconnected and slow I picked up the book because The book gets off to a fairly slow start as the characters are introduced I do like how the narrative follows one character to another with relative ease, which adds to the intrigue My favorite part is when Briody and Grace see each other for the first time That being said, I never really felt the quickening pace of the story that I was expecting Whether they were on Empire, or carrying out a job, the narrative all seemed to remain fairly disconnected and slow I picked up the book because I ve always been enthralled by the idea of how these buildings were built, and who built them I m certainly not an expert on historical fiction, but I liked how this combined an appealing story that I feel gave a realistic look at the issues of the time period

  5. says:

    Michael Briody may have left Ireland but that does not mean he has left behind his fight for a free homeland Weapons running by night and building the Empire State Building by day, his life is full of close calls Then he meets the beautiful Grace Masterson, a painter from back home But Grace is not the easy romance one would hope for she is also the mistress of Johnny Farrell the corrupt mayor s right hand man and his connection to the New York City underbelly and Tammany Hall Full of suspe Michael Briody may have left Ireland but that does not mean he has left behind his fight for a free homeland Weapons running by night and building the Empire State Building by day, his life is full of close calls Then he meets the beautiful Grace Masterson, a painter from back home But Grace is not the easy romance one would hope for she is also the mistress of Johnny Farrell the corrupt mayor s right hand man and his connection to the New York City underbelly and Tammany Hall Full of suspense, intrigue and glorious images of the immigrant experience in 1930 New York City, this novel had me glued to my chair

  6. says:

    I d been meaning to read Kelly for some time and this novel, based in 1930 New York during the building of the Empire State Building, was just the ticket A thoroughly enjoyable, informative, engaging read, following the intersecting lives of three Irish immigrants one a Tammany fixer, the second his artist mistress, and the third an IRA recruit and a rivet gun jockey on the building crew The stakes rise as the artist and worker revolutionary meet and become lovers, and as FDR seeks to bring I d been meaning to read Kelly for some time and this novel, based in 1930 New York during the building of the Empire State Building, was just the ticket A thoroughly enjoyable, informative, engaging read, following the intersecting lives of three Irish immigrants one a Tammany fixer, the second his artist mistress, and the third an IRA recruit and a rivet gun jockey on the building crew The stakes rise as the artist and worker revolutionary meet and become lovers, and as FDR seeks to bring down the Tammany machine on his way to the presidency

  7. says:

    Gritty portrait of NY immigrant experience mainly Irish and NY politics in the era of Tammany Hall, featuring the construction of the Empire State Building The action of the story takes kind of a while to get going, but the characters and I include the City itself as a character are interesting The construction of the building is really it s own subplot and it s fascinating sobering thinking about the literal blood, sweat tears that went into the construction of the skyscrapers that Gritty portrait of NY immigrant experience mainly Irish and NY politics in the era of Tammany Hall, featuring the construction of the Empire State Building The action of the story takes kind of a while to get going, but the characters and I include the City itself as a character are interesting The construction of the building is really it s own subplot and it s fascinating sobering thinking about the literal blood, sweat tears that went into the construction of the skyscrapers that defined early 20th Century New York and other major American cities

  8. says:

    This one was kind of dull While Ior less enjoyed another novel by the same author, this one meandered a lot before finally wrapping everything up in the last 30 pages When your 390 page book takes 120 pages just for your romantic leads to spot each other for the first time, pacing may be a problem This should be the last time I get a book based simply off the fact I share a name with the author.

  9. says:

    It s quite enjoyable as a sequel to Gangs of New York a historical fiction account of the end of the New York Irish gangs, set against the backdrop of the construction of the Empire State Building in the midst of the Great Depression Unfortunately it s also filled with cliches, ham fisted exposition and a not quite believable romance It was still a page turner, despite finding myself wishing I had seen a 2 hour movie version instead, when I reached the end.

  10. says:

    Everyone was dressed in their holiday best, cops and firefighters, nurses, local merchants, hooky players, killers, clergy, the milkman, most of them Irish, but some darker, Spanish and Negro, others Jewish and Italian, all believers in the power of the machine, the giver of jobs, and bail, and life, of the cradle to grave lookout and all the trials in between Just turn up on Election Day, the machine will handle the rest.

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