Blood, Iron, and Gold

  • by Christian Wolmar
  • Narrated by Michael Tudor Barnes
  • 15 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Blood, Iron, and Gold reveals the huge impact of the railways as they spread rapidly across the world, linking cities that had hitherto been isolated, stimulating both economic growth and social change on an unprecedented scale. From Panama to the Punjab, Christian Wolmar describes the vision and determination of the pioneers who developed railways that would one day span continents, as well as the labour of the navvies who built this global network.
Wolmar shows how cultures were enriched – and destroyed – by the unrelenting construction and how they had a vital role in civil conflict, as well as in two world wars. Indeed, the global expansion of the railways was key to the spread of modernity and the making of the modern world.


What the Critics Say

"[A] fascinating study not just of a transportation system, but of the Promethean spirit of the modern age." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

a mile wide, an inch deep

The author opened the book explaining the limitations of what the book covered. He delivered 100% on the promised limitations. Wolmar provides a good survey of the development of railroads around the world, but too little detail on the specifics.
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- Andy

Terrific Listen

A gripping and educational history of the growth of railroads worldwide and their future potential.
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- David C Robinson

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-18-2010
  • Publisher: ISIS Audio Books