BUT­TON MAN

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An­drew Gross’ prow­ess for rich his­tor­i­cal mys­ter­ies takes an­other leap for­ward with the en­gross­ing But­ton Man.

Set in New York City’s Lower East Side, But­ton Man works well as a fam­ily drama, the story of the rise of or­gan­ised crime and its con­trol of some unions, and a guide to the gar­ment in­dus­try’s early days and cul­ture. It’s also a story about the Amer­i­can Dream, of peo­ple who start with noth­ing and rise through hard work. At the heart of But­ton Man is a sim­ple yet vi­tal ques­tion: “What does it mean to be a good man?” as one char­ac­ter asks. Add to that, how does one com­bat evil and yet keep one’s soul. But­ton Man starts in the early part of the 20th cen­tury, smoothly mov­ing through the 1930s and end­ing in 1992. Union cor­rup­tion and vi­cious crim­i­nals add an in­trigu­ing back­ground, but the main strengths to But­ton Man are the fam­ily dy­nam­ics and an in­sider’s look at the gar­ment in­dus­try.

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