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Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America is a new, incisive history of the transcontinental railroads and how they transformed America in the decades after the Civil War.

Full Synopsis
The transcontinental railroads of the late nineteenth century were the first corporate behemoths. Their attempts to generate profits from proliferating debt sparked devastating panics in the U.S. economy. Their dependence on public largess drew them into the corridors of power, initiating new forms of corruption. Their operations rearranged space and time, and remade the landscape of the West. As wheel and rail, car and coal, they opened new worlds of work and ways of life. Their discriminatory rates sparked broad opposition and a new antimonopoly politics.

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.

"White delivers an opinionated, delightfully witty but astute account of sleazy Gilded Age politics, business, and journalism, as well as the complex (but uncomfortably familiar) financial maneuvers men used to enrich themselves." ---Publishers Weekly Starred Review

"Excellent big-picture, popularly written history of the Howard Zinn mold, backed by a mountain of research and statistics." ---Kirkus Starred Review

"Narrator Paul Woodson does a marvelous job with this audiobook." -AudioFile
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The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America

Author Richard White

Narrated by Paul Woodson

Publication date Jun 5, 2018

Running time 23 hrs 8 min

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