The Rebirth of the Missouri Pacific, 1956-1983

The Rebirth of the Missouri Pacific, 1956-1983

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In 1956, the era of tail-finned cars and nineteen-cents-a-gallon gasoline, the Missouri Pacific Railroad emerged on the corporate scene as a private company after twenty-three years in a receivership. In its past lay a collapsed rail empire, a sensational bankruptcy struggle that shattered dreams and betrayed trusts, an emotional battle over stockholders' interests, and the flamboyant maneuvers of the railroad's overseers. In its future lay two computerized, merger-dominated decades in which the railroad business would serve as a classic example of a tradition-bound industry forced to adapt to "future shock." The transition from crippled line to prime property would become, as one politician later put it, "a lawyers' paradise, and a security-holders' nightmare." H. Craig Miner, using a wealth of oral and written primary sources, with the cooperation of the company and complete access to records and personnel, describes and critically analyzes, the physical and financial revolution of the Missouri Pacific.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 258 pages
  • 153.4 x 231.1 x 19.3mm | 512.58g
  • Texas A & M University Press
  • College Station, United States
  • English
  • 1585440485
  • 9781585440481

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"Dr. Miner''s colorful writing style coupled with his thorough knowledge of the subject matter make this volume a real rail enthusiasts delight."--David J. Mrozek "Dr. Miner's colorful writing style coupled with his thorough knowledge of the subject matter make this volume a real rail enthusiasts delight."--David J. Mrozekshow more

About H.Craig Miner

Craig Miner, the ""dean of Kansas history,"" is Willard Garvey Distinguished Professor of Business History at Wichita State University. His books include the classic West of Wichita: Settling the High Plains of Kansas, 1865-1890 (see page 54) and, most recently, Kansas: The History of the Sunflower State, 1854-2000 (see page 43).show more