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  • Good history of financial dealings, but misses the common man

    Well researched history of the trans-continental railroad. There are exhaustive details about the financiers and their dealings, including extensive bribery of Congress and Department of Interior. The coverage of conflicts with Sioux, Cheyenne, and Arapaho was enlightening. I had not understood that the railroad (and it's intrusion and division of traditional hunting grounds) was the origin of the many wars to follow. I was disappointed that there was very little coverage of the actual laborers that actually built the railroad, the engineering challenges in selecting grade and routes, and the geomorphic characteristics of the terrain traversed.

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