Empire Express: Building the First Transcontinental Railroad

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Diane Publishing Company, 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, & began to discover a new national identity. The narrative ends in 1873 in Washington, DC, with the crushing fall of a popular politician & the exposure of a powerful, hidden railroad lobby -- a scandal which dominated the press & the country's imagination for six months. The book draws on original sources & provides a new dimension not only to the epic endeavor of the transcontinental railroad but also to the culture, political struggles & social conflicts of an unforgettable period in American history. A drama of conflict, adventure, excitement, & suspense. Archival photos.

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EMPIRE EXPRESS: Building the First Transcontinental Railroad

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A compelling, comprehensive account of one of history's greatest construction projects. On May 10, 1869, when telegraph lines carried the news that the transcontinental railroad was finally complete ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ed - Goodreads

Very well researched. I read this book after reading Abrose's "Nothing Like it in the World". Like both books but this had more detail. Read full review

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