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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Empire express: building the first transcontinental railroad

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Connecting the coasts by rail was one of the great achievements of 19th-century America. To tell the story of this epic, Bain knits together excellent storytelling and exhaustive research in a rich ... Read full review

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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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