Rival Rails by Walter R. Borneman audiobook

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

By Walter R. Borneman
Read by Norman Dietz

Tantor Audio 9781400065615
15.01 Hours 1
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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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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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

With modern railroads in a state of renewal, this well-written history of western railroad expansion will greatly interest rail fans and general readers alike. Library Journal
“Borneman’s narrative is brisk, colorful, and exciting.” Booklist

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Author Bio: Walter R. Borneman

Author Bio: Walter R. Borneman

Walter R. Borneman is the author of several works of nonfiction, including 1812, The French and Indian WarPolk, and the New York Times bestselling The Admirals. He holds both a master’s degree in history and a law degree. He lives in Colorado.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 15.01
Audience: Adult
Language: English