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George Hudson : the rise and fall of the railway king / A. J. Arnold and S. McCartney

Arnold, A. J. (Tony)

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ISBN 10: 1852854014 / ISBN 13: 9781852854010
Published by London : Hambledon and London, 2004
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Near fine copy in the original gilt-blocked cloth. Slightest suggestion only of dust-dulling to the spine bands and panel edges. Section of original dust wrapper mounted facing title page. Remains particularly well-preserved overall; tight, bright, clean and strong. Provenance: From the library of Eric George Hatfield Moody with his bookplate to front pastedown. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 317 pages; xii, 317p. : ill., ports. ; 24cm. Subjects: Hudson, George 1800-1871. Capitalists and financiers - Great Britain - Biography. Railroads - England - Design and construction - Costs. Railroads - England - Biography. The building of the railways in Britain in the nineteenth century was the greatest ever industrial undertaking in the world to that time. Financed by private enterprise rather than the state, the schemes to build new lines were characterised both by their ambition and by their need for huge amounts of capital. The most ambitious of all of the individual entrepreneurs, and for long the most successful, was George Hudson, the 'Railway King', whose establishment of York as the hub of an ever-growing network of lines brought him huge wealth and great fame. 1 Kg. 317 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 225566

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Title: George Hudson : the rise and fall of the ...

Publisher: London : Hambledon and London

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: First Edition.

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* The Robert Maxwell of the nineteenth century

* Victorian England ’s greatest capitalist

* Brought down by a shareholder ’s question

The building of the railways in Britain in the
nineteenth century was the greatest ever industrial
undertaking in the world to that time.Financed by
private enterprise rather than the state,the schemes
to build new lines were characterised both by their
ambition and by their need for huge amounts of
capital.The most ambitious of all of the individual
entrepreneurs,and for long the most successful,
was George Hudson,the ‘Railway King ’,whose
establishment of York as the hub of an ever-growing
network of lines brought him huge wealth and
great fame.

Already a wealthy businessman and Lord Mayor of
York before the advent of the railways,Hudson
seized the opportunity they presented with both
hands.He became an MP,lived in style and
entertained lavishly.While his early lines were
profitable,later ones were not.Ever more deeply
committed,at a time when accounting standards
were lax,he hid inconvenient figures until brought
down by a question at a shareholders ’meeting in
1849.Disgraced,he fled to the Continent,his
name synonymous with fraudulent capitalism at its
most brazen.This new biography is the fullest
examination to date of an extraordinary and complex
man and his career.

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The building of the railways in Britain in the nineteenth century was the greatest-ever industrial undertaking in the world to that time. Financed by private enterprise, the schemes to build new lines were characterized by their ambition and their need for capital.The most ambitious of all of the individual entrepreneurs, and for long the most successful, was George Hudson, the "Railway King." Already a wealthy businessman, Hudson seized the opportunity the railways presented. While his early lines were profitable, later ones were not, and he began concealing inconvenient figures. Exposed by a question at a shareholders' meeting in 1849, Hudson was disgraced and fled to the Continent, his name synonymous with fraudulent capitalism at its most brazen. This biography is the fullest examination to date of an extraordinary, complex man and his career.
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