The Strong City Author:Taylor Caldwell Poverty had drained him of all mercy, the great blast furnaces of the steel mills had burned all love and honor from his heart. Nothing was left but a hunger of wealth, a dream of power, and the terrible knowledge that only the ruthless could rise from the muck to live in the mansions of the mighty. — Obsessed by this savage vision, he claw... more »ed his way from the slag pits to the peak of a mighty empire of steel. Men who opposed him were trampled, women who loved him were stripped of all decency and pride, left naked to his scornful lust.
Except for one, whose strange, fierce love remained unconquerable, whose passion mocked him in every blazing triumph. « less
THE MAGNIFICENT SAGA OF A MAN POSSESSED BY POWER - AND THE WOMAN HE COULDN'T FORGET... Power was his passion and his destiny, the eternal flame in the heart of darkness that carried Franz Stoessel through the white-hot hell of Pennsyvania's steel mills to the top of the dynasty he had once served... From the great blast furnaces to the splendors of the Schmidt mansion, he blazed a trail of blind ambition and burning hate. EMMI, his mother, disowned him... ERNESTINE, his heiress-wife, gave him her hand and lost her heart... IRMGARD, his cousin, his curse, loved him with all her woman's ardor - and despised him with all the strength of her indomitable soul.