This original, deeply researched history shows the transcontinentals to be pivotal actors in the making of modern America. But the triumphal myths of the golden spike, robber barons larger than life, and an innovative capitalism all die here. Instead we have a new vision of the Gilded Age, often darkly funny, that shows history to be rooted in failure as well as success.
Winner of Los Angeles Times Book Prize 2011. Short-listed for Pulitzer Prize 2012.
A model of narrative skill and [an] insightful reinterpretation of the Gilded Age. It is easily the best business history I have read. --Donald Worster
Richard White, winner of a MacArthur Fellowship and the Parkman Prize, is the Margaret Byrne Professor of American History at Stanford University.