Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America (Paperback)

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A Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize: "A powerful book, crowded with telling details and shrewd observations."  —Michael Kazin, New York Times Book Review

This original, deeply researched history shows the transcontinentals to be pivotal actors in the making of modern America. But the triumphal myths of the golden spike, robber barons larger than life, and an innovative capitalism all die here. Instead we have a new vision of the Gilded Age, often darkly funny, that shows history to be rooted in failure as well as success.

About the Author

Richard White is the author of many acclaimed histories, including the groundbreaking study of the transcontinentals, Railroaded, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Francis Parkman Prize, and a Pulitzer Prize finalist. He is Margaret Byrne Professor of American History, Emeritus, at Stanford University, and lives near Palo Alto, California.

Praise For…

Required reading for anyone interested in the history of American railroading…This is an exciting story and well told.
— John Steele Gordon - Wall Street Journal

A model of narrative
skill and [an] insightful reinterpretation of the Gilded Age. It is easily the
best business history I have read.
— Donald Worster - Slate

A scathing and wonderful new book. [Railroaded] will entertain and outrage readers.

— Buzzy Jackson - Boston Globe

An acute analysis that in failure came success and in many ways the map of the nation.
— Scott Martelle - Washington Post

Imaginative, iconoclastic, immensely informative and mordantly funny.
— Glenn C. Altschuler - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Product Details
ISBN: 9780393342376
ISBN-10: 0393342379
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: April 23rd, 2012
Pages: 720
Language: English