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Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America

ISBN: 9781617935435
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Co
Publication Date: 2011
Number of pages: 736
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"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. 8 pages of illustrations

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