Railroads Triumphant

Railroads Triumphant : The Growth, Rejection, and Rebirth of a Vital American Force

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The coming of the railroad to America in the 1830s was one of the most significant events in its history. Enabling towns, industries, and farms to spring up away from the waterways, it transformed the social and economic face of the nation. Albro Martin's history is a colourful chronicle of the great railroad founders and builders, famous trains, and classic stations. It is, however, much more than a romance of the rails: it also explores the corruption and greed of the pioneers, the too-frequent sacrifice of safety for speed, and the threat posed by other forms of transport.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 448 pages
  • 167.6 x 243.8 x 40.6mm | 725.74g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • halftones, line figures, maps
  • 0195038533
  • 9780195038538

About Albro Martin

About the Author: Albro Martin is Oglesby Professor of American Heritage, Emeritus, at Bradley University, and was previously Professor of Business History at Harvard University. He is also the author of Enterprise Denied: Origins of the Decline of American Railroads and James J. Hill and the Opening of the Northwest.show more

Review quote

'This book can be enjoyed at a number of levels. It contains elements which entertain, inform and guide. It has a rare ability to be both eminently readable, like a novel, and instructive in both the general social history of the American railway age and in the piercing insights into the involvement by the politicians and the bureaucratic process that followed them.' Malcolm Gylee, MCIT, The Proceedings of the Chartered Institute of Transport `Railroads triumpant is a fervent and undiluted defence of the iron road in American life.......Albro Martin boldly asserts his views and presents them authoritatively American Studies 'it provides probably the only on-volume history of American railways available in the UK ... Anyone reading this book will have a good understanding of the fundamental issues which have shaped the current American railroad scene.' The Railway Observershow more

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