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The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America

Richard White (Author, Stanford University)

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A Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize: "A powerful book, crowded with telling details and shrewd observations."  —Michael Kazin, New York Times Book Review

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.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • April 2012
  • ISBN 978-0-393-34237-6
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 720 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide


Endorsements & Reviews

“Required reading for anyone interested in the history of American railroading…This is an exciting story and well told.” — John Steele Gordon, Wall Street Journal

“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, Slate

“A scathing and wonderful new book. [Railroaded] will entertain and outrage readers.” — Buzzy Jackson, Boston Globe

“An acute analysis that in failure came success and in many ways the map of the nation.” — Scott Martelle, Washington Post

“Imaginative, iconoclastic, immensely informative and mordantly funny.” — Glenn C. Altschuler, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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