The Fallen Colossus (Google eBook)

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Beard Books, Apr 1, 2000 - Political Science - 370 pages
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Contents

Origins
1
The Pennsylvania and the Central
23
The Eastern Destiny
49
A Yearning for Security
71
The Last Hoorah
93
Indian Summer
117
Decay
141
Intermission
163
The Mood to Merge
221
A Recipe for Disaster
243
The Dead Phoenix
265
The Fallen Colossus
291
Metamorphosis
311
Coda
333
Bibliographical Essay
347
Index
357

The Coming of the Barbarian
173
Under New Management
197

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Page 24 - There are ten inclined planes; five ascending and five descending; the carriages are dragged up the former, and let slowly down the latter, by means of stationary engines; the comparatively level spaces between being traversed, sometimes by horse, and sometimes by engine power, as the case demands. Occasionally the rails are laid upon the extreme verge of a giddy precipice; and looking from the carriage window, the traveler gazes sheer down, without a stone or scrap of fence between, into the mountain...
Page 14 - One step in a generation is all we can hope for. If the present shall adopt canals, the next may try the railways with horses, and the third generation use the steam carriage.
Page 5 - THEY HAVE BUILT THE LONGEST CANAL IN THE WORLD IN THE LEAST TIME, WITH THE LEAST EXPERIENCE, FOR THE LEAST MONEY, AND TO THE GREATEST PUBLIC BENEFIT.
Page 16 - New- York, at the approaching session, for an act to incorporate the Mohawk and Hudson Rail Road Company, with an exclusive grant for a term of years, for the construction of a Rail Road betwixt the Mohawk and Hudson rivers, with a capital of three hundred thousand dollars, to be increased to five hundred thousand dollars, if necessary, and to receive such certain tolls on the same, as may seem fit for the legislature to grant.
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Page 4 - Among the means of advancing the public interest the occasion is a proper one for recalling the attention of Congress to the great importance of establishing throughout our country the roads and canals which can best be executed under the national authority.

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About the author (2000)

Robert Sobel was a financial historian and Lawrence Stressin Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Business History at Hofstra University and the author of numerous books on finance, including" IBM: Colossus in Transition" and "The Pursuit of Wealth," He died in June 1999.

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