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Title:
Iron Horses : America's Race to Bring the Railroads West
Author:
Borneman, Walter R., 1952-
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Uniform Title:
Rival rails
Edition:
First Back Bay paperback edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Back Bay Books/Little, Brown and Company, 2014.
Physical Description:
xxiii, 406 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 21 cm
Summary:
After the completion of the first transcontinental railroad in 1869, the rest of the country was up for grabs, and the race was on. The prize: a better, shorter, less snowy route through the corridors of the American Southwest, linking Los Angeles to Chicago. In his book, Borneman examines the sectional rivalries, contested routes, political posturing, and ambitious business dealings that unfolded as an increasing number of lines pushed their way across the country.
General Note:
Originally published by Random House in 2010 as Rival rails.
Language:
English
Contents:
Opening gambits (1853-1874) -- Contested empire (1874-1889) -- Santa Fe all the way (1889-1909)
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ISBN:
9780316371773
Format :
Book

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A vivid account of the origins of the transcontinental railroad -- available for the first time in trade paperback -- by the author of the bestselling The Admirals : "Borneman is masterly at writing seamless narrative." -- Douglas Brinkley, author of The Wilderness Warrior

After the completion of the first transcontinental railroad in 1869, the rest of the United States was up for grabs, and the race was on. The prize: a better, shorter, less snowy route through the American Southwest, linking Los Angeles to Chicago. In IRON HORSES, Borneman recounts the rivalries, contested routes, political posturing, and business dealings that unfolded as an increasing number of lines pushed their way across the country.

Borneman brings to life the legendary robber barons behind it all and also captures the herculean efforts required to construct these roads -- the laborers who did the back-breaking work, the brakemen who ran atop moving cars, the tracklayers crushed and killed by runaway trains. From backroom deals in Washington, DC, to armed robberies of trains in the wild deserts, from cattle cars to streamliners and Super Chiefs, all the great incidents and innovations of a mighty American era are made vivid in IRON HORSES.


Author Notes

Walter R. Borneman is the author of eight acclaimed works of nonfiction, including 1812: The War That Forged a Nation, The French and Indian War, Polk, The Admirals, and, most recently, American Spring. He lives in Colorado.