Empire Express: Building the First Transcontinental Railroad

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Viking, 1999 - History - 797 pages
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A dramatic history of the construction of America's first transcontinental railroad chronicles three seminal decades in American history, describing the vast enterprise to build a railroad from Missouri to the Pacific in terms of the remarkable expansion of the United States of America. 30,000 first printing.

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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  - 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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User Review  - Patrick - Goodreads

This is an extremely detailed accounting of the building of the first transcontinental railroad. While the book occasionally gets bogged down in boring minutiae, and with the biggest engineering ... Read full review


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David Haward Bain is the author of four previous works of nonfiction, including "Empire Express" and "Sitting in Darkness," which received a Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Book Award. His articles and essays have appeared in "Smithsonian, American Heritage, Kenyon Review," and "Prairie Schooner," and he reviews regularly for "The New York Times Book Review," "The Washington Post," and "Newsday," He is a teacher at Middlebury College and the Bread Loaf Writers Conference.

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