Synopses & Reviews
This original, deeply researched history 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.
"A model of narrative skill and [an] insightful reinterpretation of the Gilded Age. It is easily the best business history I have read." Donald Worster
"Will entertain and outrage readers." Slate
"An exciting story and well told." Buzzy Jackson Boston Globe
"Imaginative, iconoclastic, immensely informative and mordantly funny." John Steele Gordon Wall Street Journal
"A powerful book, crowded with telling details and shrewd observations." --Michael Kazin,
About the Author
Richard White, winner of a MacArthur Fellowship and the Parkman Prize, is the Margaret Byrne Professor of American History at Stanford University.