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David LavenderA vast panorama, meticulously researched. Bain never forgets that two strenuously competitive companies were doing the building, one headed east, the other west. Every internal trouble the builders faced-grimly inhospitable terrain, avalanches, Indian battles, keeping track of supplies, and money, always money-was played out against this imperative need to hurry, hurry, hurry. You couldn't even take out time to hate your neighbor, and what a contentious bunch they were, in Bain's definitive telling of the tale.
—author of The Way To The Western Sea And The Great Persuader