Rival Rails: The Race to Build America's Greatest Transcontinental Railroad

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Walter R. Borneman

Narrated By: Norman Dietz

Publisher: Tantor Media

Date: September 2010

Duration: 15 hours 0 minutes

Summary:

The driving of the golden spike at Promontory Summit, which marked the completion of the country's first transcontinental railroad, was only the beginning of the race for railroad dominance. In the aftermath of this building feat, dozens of railroads, each with aggressive empire builders at their helms, raced one another for the ultimate prize of a southern transcontinental route that was generally free of snow, shorter in distance, and gentler in gradients.

More than just a means of transportation, the railroads were a powerful mold, and the presence of a rail line had the power to make-or break-the fledgling towns and cities across the newborn American West. While much has been written about the building of the first transcontinental railroad, the bulk of the history of the railroads in the United States has been largely ignored. With a meticulous, loving eye, Walter Borneman picks up where most other histories leave off.

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  • Hammond X

    Much of Norman Dietz' narration is even toned, easy listening. UnFORtunately however Dietz SOMEtimes FALLS into PERiods of IRRitating SPEAKing cadence. surPRIsingly this can HAPpen even durring the most munDANE of PASsages such as relating the INTerest rates of RAILroad loans. Another decent book ruined by poor narration. I'll be setting this one aside without finishing it.

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