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Stewart Fred Mustard : Ellis Island (Signet) [Mass Market Paperback]

Fred Mustard Stewart
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; Reissue edition (28 May 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451126718
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451126719
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,815,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Enjoying this book, it does jump about a bit and there are a lot of characters but it is well written and conjures up this period in American History pretty well. Anyway interested in Ellis Island and the diversity of immigrants that came through its doors will enjoy this
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Amazon.com: 3.6 out of 5 stars  7 reviews
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4.0 out of 5 stars Read it! 2 Mar 2002
By Tale - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was a book I really enjoyed, and as I went through it following five immigrants on their way to the promised land, it was educating as well. I got to learn about daily life, relationships and social standards in new york at the beginning of the 20th century. There are a lot of real happenings mentioned in the book, which, as for me, made it easier to put things in perspective. As I started reading, I could barely put the book down.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the book 1 Aug 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I just got through reading the book. It was really good I like reading books about the turn of the century. it had a lot of historical facts about early New York. it was interesting to see how Tin Pan Ally was and how racial prejudice was alive and well in new york too I would recomend the book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad overall but flawed with overly simple dialogue. 29 May 2012
By Bob Hoskins - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
First the good:

Lots of history. Throughout the book, the author brings us up to date with what was happening in America during the years spanned by the story. The gilded age, suffrage, America and WW I. The "age of enlightenment is touched on along with the women's movement. He also keeps us abreast of the class structure in the North East and, how there ware classes within classes. This is true history and, readers will learn something.

The research done on Ellis Island itself is excellent. How it came to be, how it operated and how the immigrants, escaping their old lives, could be turned around for any reason and deported.

Now the bad:

Stewart can write, no question there but, the characters come off as half-baked. The dialogue is very simple and, as another reviewer mentioned, it's like reading a Lifetime movie. No real plot just 5 stories intertwined by the times.

You find yourself racing to the end of the book just to confirm to yourself you had it all figured out. Some of the characters do some underhanded things but, all to easily, admit this to their significant others or, to the recipient of the deed. There's no real bad guy or good guy. You never really get to root for anyone as, you never really get to know anyone.


It's an easy read. You always know who the subject is and, due to the tepid character development, you can somewhat anticipate their actions. The individual stories are somewhat intriguing if a little shallow.

Worth of your time if you're short on material from your favorite author(s).
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Historical Background 9 July 2006
By Carol J. Schweitzer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Early 20th century immigration is fascinating to me because that's when my own grandparents came through Ellis Island from Hungary. This book brought to life their fears and exploits and the bravery needed to seek out a new home land. Having been to Ellis Island and read a lot about it, too, I thought the author wove authentic elements and details of what an immigrant experienced. I recommend it highly.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story - well written 21 Aug 2013
By Carolyn Laes - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Read this when it first came out and again after watching the mini-series. It's a shame this isn't available in Kindle since I have slowly over the years been adding "My all time favorite Reads" from print to Kindle. I bought it again when I was asked to name five books I would read at least once a year. This was one of the five.
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