Book by Thompson, Linda
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*Starred Review* Gr. 4-6. The story of the Transcontinental Railroad is a complicated one, with extraordinary vision, corruption, innovation, and plain backbreaking work playing roles. In this volume in the new Expansion of America series, Thompson does an excellent job of meshing the overriding ideal inherent in linking the Atlantic and Pacific coasts with the politics and greed that were also part of the project. Beginning with a particularly good overview, the easily digestible text features well-integrated sidebars that discuss specifics of construction worker life. There's even a poem by Bret Harte. The subject of the railroad's effect on Indian life is also covered. Although the slim format is not dissimilar to other series, the design seems especially interesting here--perhaps because the black-and-white historical photos are well chosen or because the soft, redwood background color works so well with the rest of the art. A time line, an extensive glossary, and a short bibliography conclude. Ilene Cooper
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Book Description Rourke Publishing, 2004. Book Condition: Good. Ships from Reno, NV. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP92046936
Book Description Rourke Pub Group. Library Binding. Book Condition: VERY GOOD. Light rubbing wear to cover, spine and page edges. Very minimal writing or notations in margins not affecting the text. Possible clean ex-library copy, with their stickers and or stamp(s). Bookseller Inventory # 2810794010
Book Description Rourke Publishing, 2004. Library Binding. Book Condition: Used: Good. Bookseller Inventory # SONG159515227X