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

By Martin W. Sandler

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, brought to life with archival photos.

In the 1850s, gold fever swept the West, but people had to walk, sail, or ride horses for months on end to seek their fortune. 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.

  • Master storyteller Martin Sandler spins the true tale of the race to join East and West by rail.
  • Archival photographs of harrowing bridge building, death-defying rock blasting, and back-breaking labor tell one of America's most epic stories.
  • An exciting piece of American history that features a large geographic area, politics, economics, and colorful characters, sure to enhance any U.S. History class.

About the author

Martin W. Sandler has written more than seventy books for children and adults, including The Impossible Rescue: The True Story of an Amazing Arctic Adventure, and has written and produced seven television series. He lives with his wife in Massachusetts.

ISBN: 9780763665272
Imprint: Candlewick
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Dimensions: 269 x 229mm, 224pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $27.99
New Zealand RRP: $29.99
Stock Level: Out Of Stock

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