Romance of the Rails, The  By Agnes Laut The story of American Railroads DJ

Romance of the Rails, The By Agnes Laut The story of American Railroads DJ

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Romance of the Rails, The By Agnes Laut The story of American Railroads DJ
The Romance of the Rails By Agnes Laut The story of American Railroads Dust Jacket 1936 Illustrated 590 pages Indexed.
This is the epic of the nation's progress told in terms of her railroads; the story of our phenomenal rise from a loosely-knit group of semi-isolated colonies to a cohesive union of powerful states, linked together with bands of steel. The story is related from the earliest beginnings, down through the stirring epoch of the transcontinental builders with their blunders and triumphs, through the great rail panics of 1837, '57, and '93, through dark days of piracy, watered stock and mad speculation-told with accuracy and fire, with a vivid sense of the human drama that is implicit in the history of the iron horse.
Here is related the true stories of those men: Jim Hill, the empire builder; Fiske, Gould and Drew, manipulators extraordinary; Commodore Vanderbilt who never sold a stock short; Harriman of the great mergers, and others too numerous to mention. THE ROMANCE OF THE RAILS thus combines history with human interest in recording what is perhaps the most colorful story in the annals of American enterprise.

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