Empire Express: Building the First Transcontinental Railroad

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Diane Publishing Company, Jan 1, 1999 - Transportation - 797 pages
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Beginning in 1842, Bain captures three dramatic decades in which the U.S. effectively doubled in size, fought three wars, and began to discover a new national identity. The narrative ends in 1873 in Washington, DC, with the crushing fall of a popular politician and the exposure of a powerful, hidden railroad lobby -- a scandal which dominated the press and the country's imagination for six months. The book draws on original sources and provides a new dimension not only to the epic endeavor of the transcontinental railroad but also to the culture, political struggles and social conflicts of an unforgettable period in American history. "A drama of conflict, adventure, excitement, and suspense." Archival photos.

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Very well researched. - Goodreads
Bain's scholarship on this book is excellent. - Goodreads
Meticulously researched and lengthy, but not boring. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Ian Durham - Goodreads

What a tour-de-force of a book. Meticulously researched and lengthy, but not boring. In fact it would be difficult to be boring given the characters involved. These people were ambitious, driven ... Read full review

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User Review  - Gary - Goodreads

The author has put forth a LOT of time and effort. It's very hard to fault him for that. It's a very scholarly work. But the problem is, for the average reader, this book simply gets bogged down in WAY too many minute details and becomes a chore to read. Read full review

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