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The Great American Railroad War; How Ambrose Bierce and Frank Norris Took On the Notorious Central Pacific Railroad

Drabelle, Dennis

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ISBN 10: 0312667590 / ISBN 13: 9780312667597
Published by St. Martin's Press, New York, 2012
Condition: Very good Hardcover
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[12], 306, [2] pages. Illustrations. Notes. Bibliography. Index. Cover has slight wear and soiling. Dennis Drabelle is author of Mile-High Fever. He has written for multiple publications and is currently a contributing editor and a mysteries editor for The Washington Post Book World. In 1996 he won the National Book Critics Circle's award for excellence in reviewing. He lives in Washington, D.C. The Central Pacific Railroad, America's first Transcontinental Railroad, revolutionized the way Americans traveled, communicated and did business. But it was also a hotbed of corruption and greed. This book tells the story of two American writers who took on the Central Pacific with the power of the pen. Journalist Ambrose Bierce, nicknamed "Bitter Bierce," exposed the railroad's corruption using satire and wit. And Frank Norris, a novelist, wrote of the warring relationship between California wheat farmers and the railroad trust. Together, they revealed the dark side of this American powerhouse. First Edition [Stated], First Printing [Stated]. Bookseller Inventory # 74988

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Title: The Great American Railroad War; How Ambrose...

Publisher: St. Martin's Press, New York

Publication Date: 2012

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very good

Edition: 1st Edition

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How two of America's greatest authors took on the Central Railroad monopoly


The notorious Central Pacific Railroad riveted the attention of two great American writers: Ambrose Bierce and Frank Norris. In The Great American Railroad War, Dennis Drabelle tells a classic story of corporate greed vs. the power of the pen. The Central Pacific Railroad accepted US Government loans; but, when the loans fell due, the last surviving founder of the railroad avoided repayment. Bierce, at the behest of his boss William Randolph Hearst, swung into action writing over sixty stinging articles that became a signal achievement in American journalism. Later, Norris focused the first volume of his trilogy, The Octopus, on the freight cars of a thinly disguised version of the Central Pacific. The Great American Railroad War is a lively chapter of US history pitting two of America's greatest writers against one of A merica's most powerful corporations.

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DENNIS DRABELLE is author of Mile-High Fever. He has written for multiple publications and is currently a contributing editor and a mysteries editor for The Washington Post Book World. In 1996 he won the National Book Critics Circle's award for excellence in reviewing. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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