Railroaded (Hardcover)

The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America

By Richard White

W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393061260, 660pp.

Publication Date: May 31, 2011

Other Editions of This Title:
Compact Disc (6/5/2018)
Paperback (4/23/2012)
MP3 CD (6/5/2018)

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With characteristic originality, range, and authority, Richard White 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.