The big four: the story of Huntington, Stanford, Hopkins, and Crocker, and of the building of the Central Pacific

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A.A. Knopf, Jan 1, 1938 - History - 418 pages
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User Review  - Keith Slade - Goodreads

Very interesting book on the four powerful men who established the Central Pacific in California and built a big part of the transcontinental RR. It later became the Southern Pacific. Read full review

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User Review  - John E - Goodreads

Popular history of the Central Pacific Railroad as told through its leaders: the Big Four. Fun read and a good history of the domination of Callifornia by the railroad during the forty years following its completion in 1869. Read full review


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Oscar Lewis, an American anthropologist, was renowned for his studies of poverty in Mexico and Puerto Rico and for his controversial concept of "the culture of poverty." After graduating from Columbia University, where he studied under Ruth Benedict, Franz Boas, and Margaret Mead, his first major book, Life in a Mexican Village (1951), was a restudy of Robert Redfield's village of Tepoztlan, which reached a number of conclusions opposed to those reached by Redfield. Much of the controversy over the culture of poverty disappeared when Lewis labeled it a subculture; ironically, reactionaries have used the concept to blame the poor for their poverty, whereas Lewis believed the poor to be victims. Many of his books are based on tape recordings of family members, a technique in which Lewis was a pioneer.

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