Iron Empires: Robber Barons, Railroads, and the Making of Modern America


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Mariner Books
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5.9 X 9.1 X 1.7 inches | 1.45 pounds

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About the Author

Michael Hiltzik is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author who has covered business, technology, and public policy for the Los Angeles Times for three decades. Currently the Times's business columnist, he lives in Southern California with his wife and two children.


"Unbridled ambition, greed, corruption, 'creative destruction, ' and a bit of conscience - Michael Hiltzik's vivid account of the railroad barons in the Gilded Age shows us the workings of unbridled capitalism at its zenith (or nadir, as the case may be). The names Morgan, Harriman, Pullman, Hill, Villard, Rockefeller will forever be associated with creating America's first great infrastructure and making America 'modern.'"--Gordon H. Chang, author of Ghosts of Gold Mountain: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad

"Were the railroad barons of the 19th century great entrepreneurs in the American spirit who built a remarkable network of railroads? Or were they robbers who fleeced local people and passengers alike? In this superb and comprehensive book, Hiltzik lets you decide, with the help of a few hints." --Christian Wolmar, author of the The Great Railroad Revolution: The History of Trains in America

"This prodigiously researched book tells the fascinating stories of the railroad barons who did so much to build America, not only through their vision and genius, but also through their cunning and ruthlessness. Hiltzik's brilliant narrative - of power and plutocrats - often bears uncanny parallels to what's happening in America today." --Steven Greenhouse, author of Beaten Down, Worked Up: The Past, Present, and Future of American Labor