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Dangerous Days

Mary Roberts Rinehart

Book Overview: 

Dangerous Days opens in a still neutral America, though within a year the country will have joined the European alliance against the Central Powers in the first world war. Clayton Spencer, a successful industrialist and owner of a munitions plant, finds himself facing several problems: not only anarchism and German sabotage, but also the prospect of a deteriorating marriage, and of a son who all too often shares his mother's frivolous and essentially self-concerned point of view. How far will America's entry into the war change such views? What will it mean for Spencer, for his family, and for his business?

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .It is being pretty expensive as it is. But after all, success doesn't mean anything, unless we are going to get something out of it."

They were closer together that evening than they had been for months. And at last he fell to talking about the mill. Natalie, curled up on the chaise longue in her boudoir, listened attentively, but with small comprehension as he poured out his dream, for himself now, for Graham later. A few years more and he would retire. Graham could take hold then. He might even go into politics. He would be fifty then, and a man of fifty should be in his prime. And to retire and do nothing was impossible. A fellow went to seed.

Eyes on the wood fire, he talked on until at last, roused by Natalie's silence, he glanced up. She was sound asleep.

Some time later, in his dressing-gown and slippers, he came and roused her. She smiled up at him like a drowsy child.

"Awfully tired," she said. "Is Graham in?"

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Community Reviews

The plot is simple, but the characters are as foreign to us 100 years later as those in a Masterpiece Theater presentation, even though it's set in Pittsburgh in 1916-1918. Rich industrialist, feckless wife, strong women, weak son, all as the country moves towards entry in World War I.

In fact, this

I didn’t hate it. Literature, American literature, from between the Wars is always so interesting as historical artifact. Not literature about the time period, but literature written during the time period. There is so much arrogance, and innocence. This is a novel that tells the story of a nation t

Generally considered to be the American Agatha Christie, Rinehart's fiction goes beyond mysteries. This is the second book of hers that I've read that concerns itself with America's involvement in World War I. While The Amazing Interlude focused on the debate over American involvement in the War, th

I loved this book. It was suspenseful, to say the least. Characters so well-drawn. I fell in love with one of the characters, and certainly cared about lots of the characters. I love this writer. It's an older book, copyright 1919! An oldie but a goodie.

This was an interesting glimpse into what American life was like in the run up to World War I. I learned some things--such as that sabotage was a very real threat in those days--and appreciated Rinehart's perspective on the attitudes of the time, both for and against entering the war. This was an in

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