The Great Iron Link: The Building of the Central Pacific Railroad
Recounts the building of the Central Pacific Railroad and sketches the lives of the five men whose idea it was: Theodore Judah, Charlie Crocker, Leland Stanford, Mark Hopkins, and Collis Huntington.
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