Empire Express: Building the First Transcontinental Railroad

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Viking, 1999 - History - 797 pages
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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Transcontinental Railroad — building all crooks — wonder it got built! — Very interesting history of country After the Civil War, the building of the transcontinental railroad was the nineteenth ... 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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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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