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The Big Four

4.12  ·  Rating Details ·  25 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Joint biography of the builders of the Central Pacific Railroad and it's impact on California.
Paperback, Comstock edition, 310 pages
Published January 28th 1971 by Ballantine Books (first published 1938)
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Meg
Sep 23, 2016 Meg rated it it was amazing
Classic nonfiction at its finest. An extensive look into one of America's earliest and most complex transportation system- the railroads. It is easy for us to take for granted the actual scope that projects like these involved. Intriguing cast of characters, with names you will recognize, and their role in this early endeavor. This book touches on a host of topics still applicable today as well, such as immigrant labor, monopolies and the influence of big business in politics. An excellent, quic ...more
A-ron
Feb 07, 2009 A-ron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, history
My grandfather gave me an old edition of this book (it lacks an ISBN) a decade before he died, but I hadn't got around to reading it until now. The writing so far is decent and clear although not brilliant. The writer however appears to have conducted some of the original research needed for the writing of this book which I think is remarkable.

After finishing the book, the statements above still stand. This book is very interesting as a history of the Bay Area, provides interesting biographies o
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John E
May 02, 2010 John E rated it really liked it
Popular history of the Central Pacific Railroad as told through its leaders: the Big Four. Fun read and a good history of the domination of Callifornia by the railroad during the forty years following its completion in 1869.
Keith
Dec 11, 2014 Keith rated it really liked it
Very interesting book on the four powerful men who established the Central Pacific in California and built a big part of the transcontinental RR. It later became the Southern Pacific.
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