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Reading the short histories of professional men who empowered, financed, and made the US West and world what it was since pioneer times, also renders narrative about the struggles and hardships that these men surmounted as part of their professional talent. To some, politicians may seem the pinnacle of direction and the panners of the future, but that is not so, for the men depicted in this book, without guarantees or safety nets of any sort, used their hands and their minds to build and organize whatever necessary for the cause.
That could be finances, railroads, steel, coal mines, metal mines, contraptions to allow exploitation of natural resources or refined products. Millions of people wanted something, and it were these men that facilitated it, developed, invented, tinkered, and improved it; whether an actual hard object or a plan of action.
By reading about someone's accomplishments, challenges, pitfalls, one can gain inspiration or strength to reach and complete their own goals.