New in new dust jacket. Tight binding with clean text. New. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. With dust jacket. 432 p. Contains: Illustrations. Audience: General/trade. In 1859, when railroad lawyer Abraham Lincoln ran for presidency, he met with Grenville Dodge at Council Bluffs, Iowa. Lincoln asked, "Dodge, what's the best route for a Pacific railroad to the West? " The concept of linking the vast lands of American was already in the making. This volume is a luminous, and lyrical, account of the laying of tracks of an unprecedented engineering feat.
Steven Ambrose has hit it out of the park with this one. This book should be required reading for American history buffs, rail fans and folks who enjoy learning about a project that transformed this nation.
Jan 24, 2013
The book is all I expected, and I am very satisfied.
Ralph J T
Jul 19, 2012
railroad history for summer reading
Ambrose has repeatedly demonstrated his chops as a distinguished historian, but this is openly
not distinguished history. It succeeds as what is is--a triumphalist patriotic tale written (at the behest
of his agent) to be a best seller. Written largely from secondary sources, it is half the length of Bain's masterwork.
Great fun if you're in a flag-waving mood at the beach.
Apr 8, 2011
Can't believe that the railroad was built considering the obstacles they had to overcome. Also, gives much credit to the labor of the Chinese even if late.
Jan 20, 2011
Gave this book to my husband for Christmas, he will read it while spending a few weeks in Florida, he's excited about reading it.
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