Hear That Lonesome Whistle Blow: The Epic Story of the Transcontinental Railroads
From the author of the best-selling Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, Dee Brown's classic account of the building of the transcontinental railroad.
In February 1854 the first railroad from the East reached the Mississippi; by the end of the nineteenth century five major transcontinental railroads linked the East Coast with the Pacific Ocean and thousands of miles of tracks criss-crossed in the West, a vast and virginal land just a few years before.
The story of this extraordinary undertaking is one of breathtaking technological ingenuity, otherwordly idealism, and all-too-wordly greed. The heroes and villains were Irish and Chineselaborers, intrepid engineers, avaricious bankers, stock manipulators, and corrupt politicians. Before it was over more than 155 million acres (one tenth of the country) were given away to the railroad magnates, Indian tribes were decimated, the buffalo were driven from the Great Plains, millions of immigrants were lured from Europe, and a colossal continental nation was built.
Woven into this dramatic narrative are the origins of present-day governmental corruption, the first ties between powerful corporations and politicians who "enjoyed the frequent showers of money that fell upon them from railroad stock manipulators, and gave away America." How the people of that time responded to a sense of disillusionment remarkably similar to our own adds a contemporary dimension to this story.
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Review: Hear That Lonesome Whistle Blow: The Epic Story of the Transcontinental RailroadsUser Review - Joe Swearingen - Goodreads
Slow starting book but learned much on the history of the railroads in the USA and how the taxpayers overpaid and the politicians and Railroad companies profited. Read full review
Review: Hear That Lonesome Whistle Blow: The Epic Story of the Transcontinental RailroadsUser Review - Paul Sauser - Goodreads
Love this book on transcontinental railroad. You think big biz runs the country now ... Jeez. Read full review
THE IRON HORSE COMES TO THE WATERS OF THE MIGHTY MISSISSIPPI
WITH THE WINGS OF THE WIND
WAR SLOWS THE MARCH TO THE WESTERN SEA
DRILL YE TARRIERS DRILL WHILE THE OWNERS TAKE THE PLUNDER
THE ERA OF THE COWBOY IS BORN
THE GREAT RACE
FIRST TRAVELERS ON THE TRANSCONTINENTAL
EXIT THE LAND GRABBERS ENTER THE STOCK MANIPULATORS