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Union Pacific: The Reconfiguration: America's Greatest Railroad from 1969 to the Present

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Praised by the Chicago Tribune as "thoroughly and compellingly detailed history," Volumes I and II of Maury Klein's monumental history of the Union Pacific Railroad covered the years from 1863-1969. Now the third and final volume brings the story of the Union Pacific--the oldest, largest, and most successful railroad of modern times--fully up to date.

The book follows the trajectory of an icon of the industrial age trying to negotiate its way in a post-railway world, plagued by setbacks such as labor disputes, aging infrastructure, government de-regulation, ill-fated mergers, and more. By 1969 the same company that a century earlier had triumphantly driven the golden spike into Promontory Summit--to immortalize the nation's first transcontinental railway--seemed a dinosaur destined for financial ruin. But as Klein shows, the Union Pacific not only survived but is once more thriving, which proves that railways remain critical to commerce and industry in America, even as passenger train travel has all but disappeared. Drawing on interviews with Union Pacific personnel past and present, Klein takes readers inside the great railroad--into its boardrooms and along its tracks--to show how the company adapted to the rapidly changing world of modern transportation. The book also offers fascinating portraits of the men who have run the railroad. The challenges they faced, and the strategies they developed to meet them, give readers a rare glimpse into the inner workings of one of America's great companies.

A capstone on a remarkable achievement, Union Pacific: The Reconfiguration will appeal to historians, business scholars, and transportation buffs alike.

About the Author

Maury Klein is Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Rhode Island and the author of many books, including The Power Makers.

Table of Contents

PROLOGUE: The Celebration

PART ONE: THE KENEFICK ERA, 1970-1985

Chapter 1: The Industry

Chapter 2: The Fat Old Lady

Chapter 3: The New Arrangements

Chapter 4: The New Approach

Chapter 5: The Shifting Landscape

Chapter 6: The Corporate Relationship

Chapter 7: The Return of Humpty Dumpty

Chapter 8: The Year of Decisions

Chapter 9: The New Partners

Chapter 10: The Coming Together

Chapter 11: The Right Stuff

Chapter 12: The Operation

Chapter 13: The Marketing Maze

Chapter 14: The Studies

PART TWO: THE WALSH ERA, 1986-1991

Chapter 15: The Succession Scramble

Chapter 16: The Whirlwind

Chapter 17: The Quest for Quality

Chapter 18: The Enigmatic Dynamo

Chapter 19: The Problem

Chapter 20: The Empire

PART THREE: THE DAVIDSON ERA, 1992-2004

Chapter 21: The Unstable Chessboard

Chapter 22: The Improbable Leader

Chapter 23: The Bidding War

Chapter 24: The Shaking Out

Chapter 25: The Sorting Out

Chapter 26: The Changing of the Guard

Chapter 27: The Nightmare

Chapter 28: The Road to Redemption

Chapter 29: The Lessons Learned

Chapter 30: The Clash of Styles

Chapter 31: The Lessons Relearned

EPILOGUE: The Next Railroad

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195369892
Author:
Klein, Maury
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
Klein, Dave
Author:
null, Maury
Subject:
Railroads -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Union Pacific Railroad Company - History
Subject:
Social history
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Corporate & Business History - General
Subject:
History, American | Cultural
Subject:
Railroads - General
Publication Date:
20110631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
51 halftones
Pages:
520
Dimensions:
6.4 x 9.4 x 1.4 in 2 lb

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