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Railroads Triumphant: The Growth, Rejection, and Rebirth of a Vital American Force

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The coming of the railroad to America in the 1830s was one of the most significant events in its history, transforming the social and economic face of the nation. This is a chronicle of the great railroad founders and builders, the most famous trains and the oldest and most celebrated stations.
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published January 1st 1992 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published November 11th 1991)
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Oct 07, 2008 Mike rated it 1 of 5 stars
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My heavens this book sucked like no other I've ever read. The author is a former Professor of Business History at Harvard who I trust is a better classroom lecturer than a writer. He follows no chronology in the history of railroads jumping across multiple decades in the same paragraph to pointless ends. He regularly adds useless commentary and witticisms that reveal his biases not only with regard to railroads, but also commerce, politics, and his view of "the American way".
So why stick with t
David R.
Martin brings a curmudgeonly angle to the history of railroads, especially during their heyday 1880s to 1920. He has a fairly dry, professorial style than can bog down at times, but when roused, there are delightfully ironic riffs at regular intervals. Martin is a thorough railroad partisan and grouses often about what he characterized as highhanded government regulation, foolish politics, and badly reasoned legislation. One wonders how our transportation infrastructure would have turned out in ...more
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