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Posted August 6, 2006
The weighty two-volume set covering the history of the Union Pacific won't be for every general collection ¿ but it will be a `must' for any serious transportation history holding and particularly for any collection solid in railroad history. Union Pacific: Volume 1 covers the period from 1862-1893, chronicling the surveys, falling outs, standoffs, and interrelationships which faced struggle to build up the Union Pacific dream. Vintage black and white photos liberally pepper a dramatic account of obstacles and achievements alike: it's amazing the Union Pacific got off the ground and grew, given its many hurdles detailed here. Union Pacific: Volume II covers 1894-1969, after the financial panic of 1893, which pushed it to the edges of bankruptcy. Here the focus is on changing rules, regulations, and transportation needs and methods of Americans. Chapters document takeovers, government subsidy, and the individuals who fostered railroad changes. Don't separate these volumes for a collection: together they form a thorough coverage, and should not be split up.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 30, 2009
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