Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America

Richard White (Author)
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Description

This original, deeply researched history shows the transcontinentals to be pivotal actors in the making of modern America. But the triumphal myths of the golden spike, robber barons larger than life, and an innovative capitalism all die here. Instead we have a new vision of the Gilded Age, often darkly funny, that shows history to be rooted in failure as well as success.

Product Details

Price
$19.95  $18.35
Publisher
W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date
April 23, 2012
Pages
660
Dimensions
5.4 X 1.4 X 8.2 inches | 1.2 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780393342376
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About the Author

Richard White is the Margaret Byrne Professor Emeritus of American History at Stanford University. He is the author of many acclaimed books in American western and environmental history, including Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Parkman Prize, and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

Reviews

A model of narrative skill and [an] insightful reinterpretation of the Gilded Age. It is easily the best business history I have read.--Donald Worster
Imaginative, iconoclastic, immensely informative and mordantly funny.--Glenn C. Altschuler
Required reading for anyone interested in the history of American railroading...This is an exciting story and well told.--John Steele Gordon
An acute analysis that in failure came success and in many ways the map of the nation.--Scott Martelle