Iron Rails, Iron Men, and the Race to Link the Nation

  • by Martin W. Sandler
  • Narrated by Grover Gardner
  • 4 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Experience the race of rails to link the country - and meet the men behind this incredible feat - in a riveting story about the building of the Transcontinental Railroad.
In the 1850s gold fever swept the West, but people had to walk, sail, or ride horses for months on end to seek their fortunes. The question of faster, safer transportation was posed by national leaders. But with 1,800 miles of seemingly impenetrable mountains, searing deserts, and endless plains between the Missouri River and San Francisco, could a transcontinental railroad be built? It seemed impossible.
Eventually two railroad companies, the Central Pacific, which laid the tracks eastward, and the Union Pacific, which moved west, began the job. In one great race between iron men with iron wills, tens of thousands of workers blasted the longest tunnels that had ever been constructed, built the highest bridges that had ever been created, and finally linked the nation by two bands of steel, changing America forever.

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an awesome book

loved it, gave an interesting insight into the struggles faced by UP and CP railroads
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- Praveen Kumar

A fascinating look at a Major historical event.

Learned some really interesting details about building the transcontinental railroad. The book is well written and seems thoroughly researched. The narration was top notch. Grover Gardner is one of the best I've heard and doesn't ever lose energy or come across as dry. Nicely done.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-08-2015
  • Publisher: Candlewick on Brilliance Audio