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

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Book by Martin Albro

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'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 Observer

`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

'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

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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.

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Description du livre Oxford University Press. Hardcover. Etat : New. 448 pages. Dimensions: 9.6in. x 6.6in. x 1.6in.In 1789, when the First Congress met in New York City, the members traveled to the capital just as Roman senators two thousand years earlier had journeyed to Rome, by horse, at a pace of some five miles an hour. Indeed, if sea travel had improved dramatically since Caesars time, overland travel was still so slow, painful, and expensive that most Americans lived all but rooted to the spot, with few people settling more than a hundred miles from the ocean (a mere two percent lived west of the Appalachians). America in effect was just a thin ribbon of land by the sea, and it wasnt until the coming of the steam railroad that our nation would unfurl across the vast inland territory. In Railroads Triumphant, Albro Martin provides a fascinating history of rail transportation in America, moving well beyond the Romance of the Rails sort of narrative to give readers a real sense of the railroads importance to our country. The railroad, Martin argues, was the most fundamental innovation in American material life. It could go wherever rails could be laid--and so, for the first time, farms, industries, and towns could leave natural waterways behind and locate anywhere. (As Martin points out, the railroads created small-town America just as surely as the automobile created the suburbs. ) The railroad was our first major industry, and it made possible or promoted the growth of all other industries, among them coal, steel, flour milling, and commercial farming. It established such major cities as Chicago, and had a lasting impact on urban design. And it worked hand in hand with the telegraph industry to transform communication. Indeed, the railroads were the NASA of the 19th century, attracting the finest minds in finance, engineering, and law. But Martin doesnt merely catalogue the past greatness of the railroad. In closing with the episodes that led first to destructive government regulation, and then to deregulation of the railroads and the ensuing triumphant rebirth of the nations basic means of moving goods from one place to another, Railroads Triumphant offers an impassioned defense of their enduring importance to American economic life. And it is a book informed by a lifelong love of railroads, brimming with vivid descriptions of classic depots, lavish hotels in Chicago, the great railroad founders, and the famous lines. Thoughtful and colorful by turn, this insightful history illuminates the impact of the railroad on our lives. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Hardcover. N° de réf. du vendeur 9780195038538

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