Dan Lavette-the roughneck son of an Italian Fisherman. He battled out of the rubble of the San Francisco earthquake to build a mighty shipping empire; rose to the gilded heights of Nob Hill society through a loveless marriage to the daughter of the city's wealthiest family-and risked it all for the beautiful Oriental woman who was his secret, scandalous passion.
Excellent! In the same category as Taylor Caldwell's "The Captains and The Kings" or "Rich Man-Poor Man". Danny Lavette goes to the top of business to find money and power - then only when he falls does he find happiness and what is really important to him.
Don't know when I have enjoyed, or been so caught up in a book as I have been with this one. Loved it. Almost 500 pages of great reading, good research into the history of the period, and wonderful characters. I can't wait to read the rest of this series about the family who came here in poverty as immigrants. I just couldn't put it down and read only at night from about 5PM to 9:30Pm and finished it in three nights. Great reading!! Genny Sikes
Wow - never expected this book to be so wonderful - and the next to follow (second Generation) was even better.
History marries fiction - I could not put it down.....
A Fantastic Book. Can't wait to read the other books in this family saga
A love story of tremendous beauty...a tale of passion, adventure, and ambition set against the streets of San Francisco, America's most romantic city.
Dan Lavette, the son of an Italian fisherman, battles from the rubble of the San Francisco earthquake to build a fortune in the shipping industry. Rising to success through hard work and a loveless marriage to the daughter of the city's wealthiest family, he risks it all for the exotic beauty of a woman who shares his secret and scandalous passion.
From Nob Hill to the harbor, San Francisco comes alive through three immigrant families -- Italian, Irish, and Chinese -- whose intertwining dreams are propelled by the emotional events of America's coming of age
The book is old, but in good condition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I like a book where people struggle mightily but who are rewarded in the end. Recommended. Information about the historical time is vivid.