The Great Railway Revolution

The Great Railway Revolution : The Epic Story of the American Railroad

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In The Great Railway Revolution, Christian Wolmar tells us the extraordinary one-hundred-and-eighty-year story of the rise, fall and ultimate shattering of the greatest of all American endeavours, of technological triumph and human tragedy, of visionary pioneers and venal and rapacious railway barons. He also argues that while America has largely disowned this heritage, now is the time to celebrate, reclaim and reinstate it. America was created by its railroads and the massive expansion of trade, industry and freedom of communication that they engendered came to be an integral part of the American dream itself.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 32mm | 429g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • 2x8pp colour
  • 0857890360
  • 9780857890368
  • 267,283

About Christian Wolmar

Christian Wolmar is Britain's foremost writer and broadcaster on transport matters. He writes regularly for a wide variety of publications including the Independent, Evening Standard and Rail magazine, and appears frequently on TV and radio as a commentator. His previous books include the widely-acclaimed The Subterranean Railway, Fire and Steam, Blood, Iron and Gold and Engines of War.
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A passionate and masterly history -- James McConnachie * Sunday Times * Christian Wolmar is in love with railways. He writes constantly and passionately about them. He is their wisest, most detailed historian... Wolmar doesn't have to invent the romance of the railways. That romance is clear on page after page of wonderful storytelling... If you love the hum of wheels and of history, Christian Wolmar is your man -- Peter Preston * Observer *
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