Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America
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.
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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