By John Jakes
America's grasp storyteller first brought readers to the Crown family members in "Homeland." because the moment new release comes of age, the Crowns attempt to discover their position in a turbulent the USA on the sunrise of a brand new century. From the speedways of Detroit to the glamour of younger Hollywood to the bold heights of early aviation, theirs is a narrative of ardour and event, glory and ambition.
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The bored urchins stomped and whistled. The clicking projector ﬁlled the screen with an image of a hotel veranda, the same on which Paul had been photographed. British naval ofﬁcers in white paraded in and out, many quite fat and most looking self-important. An occasional gowned lady relieved the tedium. —the scene changed. The audience had a glimpse of an immense battleship steaming past far below the camera, which was evidently positioned high up on the Rock. HMS Dreadnought? The image stayed only a few seconds; a hand swooped over the lens and the screen went black.
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Naturally he won. He was the uncrowned king of fast driving, and he wasn’t being paid two thousand a month to lose. It was the ﬁrst time Carl had seen Barney Oldﬁeld, who was at the height of his fame. It was also the ﬁrst and only time he saw what his sister meant about the magic of theater. The stage spectacle thrilled him. Carl’s fever heated up again when Reeves said, “Two fellows in a Fiat are running practice laps for a hundred-mile race the end of the week. ” He ran out into the pale winter sunshine, wove between stable buildings to the track, where an engine roared in a cloud of tan dust.
American dreams by John Jakes