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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Informative, comprehensive, and well-told -- that's all I ask for when I read a book about any event in history. But my favorite thing is when I unexpectedly come away with so much more, like with ... Read full review

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Fascinating. What work went into creating this wonderful book for all of us. The story is really incredible - two companies competing to get as far across the country as possible. Central Pacific ... 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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