The heroes in this extraordinary epic are the Irish labourers and Chinese coolies; the villains, the avaricious bankers and the corrupt politicians. Before the undertaking was complete, more than 155 million acres of land had been given away to railway magnates, the Indian tribes had been massacred and the buffalo driven from the Great Plains, millions of settlers had been lured from Europe and a colossal industrial nation had been forged.
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This is the story of the great American railroads, a story of breathtaking technological ingenuity, pioneering idealism, hard driven labour and powerful greed. By the end of the last century five transcontinental railroads linked the Atlantic Coast with the Pacific Ocean, and thousands of miles of track criss-crossed the West which, only a few years before, had been largely uncharted and unexplored.
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Book Description Vintage, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0099440741
Book Description Vintage, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 99440741