Straight Line Logic‘s Robert Gore has published a novel of the Industrial Revolution.
Themes include freedom, creation, sound money, envy and greed disguised as compassion, and the relationship of men, ideas, and government.
This is a big book about Big Ideas.
Yet it reads quickly and very enjoyably – unlike That Woman’s works.
Family and work will likely keep me from finishing it prior to Christmas, which is why I am submitting this pre-review for your consideration.
Believe or not, there used to be a thing called a free market – or at the very least, a “freer market”.
Give The Golden Pinnacle as a gift this year to those who can learn from the past in creating a new future.
You really can’t know what you’ve lost until you know what you had.
From the Author
Growing up, I loved history, but not ancient and European history, which was mostly about rulers and royalty, their wars and depredations. American history fascinated me, especially the Revolutionary War and the Industrial Revolution. During the former America fought for liberty; during the latter we lived it.
The Industrial Revolution receives short shrift from historians and novelists alike. It is usually cast in a negative light and dismissed as a “Gilded Age,” not the Golden Age it was. The United States transformed itself from a nation of small farmers and merchants, in ruins and deeply divided after the Civil War, into an economic powerhouse in less than five decades. The world witnessed an explosion of innovation and enterprise not seen before or since. Virtually every good, service, and technology we have today had its roots in that period.
The age’s most compelling stories are of the entrepreneurs who built the nation, men and women who started with little or nothing and created empires. The hero of The Golden Pinnacle, Daniel Durand, fits the archetype, an orphan who does not even know his birthday or how he got his name, but makes his fortune on Wall Street. Unlike many of the era’s giants, Daniel recognizes the essential condition for his and America’s success―freedom―and fights for it.
So much of history is war and carnage, the shifting borders of empires, and a dreary succession of mediocrities, half-wits, neurotics, and violent sociopaths who have been mankind’s “rulers.” The periods when genius and productive ability have had the liberty to flourish have been blinks of an eye in historical time, but they account for most of our progress.
What does it say that so little is written about the Industrial Revolution, but there are thousands of books about America’s wars, battles, and soldiers? Every year countless biographies are published of presidents and other political figures, but almost none on the inventors and entrepreneurs who gave us–to name but a few–telephones, continent-spanning railroads, electric lights, automobiles, airplanes, skyscrapers, elevators, mechanized agriculture, and the cheap and the efficient production of steel and refined oil products. Think about what life would be like without their innovations. They have had far more effect on present, day-to-day American lives than the politicians or generals, but they are, for the most part, ignored.
The effort to ignore the most fruitful and productive period in American history stems in part from ideology. The freedom won in the Revolutionary War and expanded in the Civil War propelled this unprecedented revolution. It was the magnet for the millions of immigrants who streamed to our shores, knowing they would encounter prejudice and hardship, but also knowing they would have the opportunity to build better lives for themselves and their families. The gold standard, limited government, and low taxation were the guiding principles. Those are out of favor now, and there are many who would like them to remain that way.
You don’t know what you’ve lost if you don’t know what you had. If readers enjoy the saga of Daniel Durand and his family, and it revives interest in the Industrial Revolution, I will take a measure of satisfaction. If The Golden Pinnacle helps spark a debate, aiding and abetting the cause of restoring our lost liberty, it will have fulfilled my highest hopes for it.