There were many, many passages in the book, filled with percentage signs and interest calculations that I had to read several times over.
The luck of the twentieth century has run out, and we are faced with the chilling possibility that the postwar era was the truly exceptional period of modern US history, sandwiched between corrupt and brutalizing Gilded Ages.
This confusion is especially prevalent at the beginning.
They accumulate energy while feeding in the Pacific Ocean and transfer it to the Columbia by storing it as fat and muscle in their bodies.
The most troubling aspect of the story White tells in Railroaded is how fully recognizable its characters and their struggles are today. These corporations also represented a colossal boondoggle with regards to the tax-paying American public, as the railroads sucked at the swollen udders of the federal government somehow, I imagine that Leland Stanford, Collis P.
The Union Pacific owned coal mines in the town, which had little else in it, and for a decade the corporation continually cut wages while increasing the ratio of Chinese to white workers.
Its chief advantage is that it allows for the raising of extensive capital, and provides limited personal liability for investors. If this all seems very familiar…well, it seems very familiar.
Still, if you do this, there should at least be some attempt at connecting up the old with the new. It has everything that makes his novels so wonderful—the dark humor, the intricate interleaving of character and plot, the deep research into the science of the streets, the moral gravity and the flawless, magical dialogue.
Michael Chabon As unstoppable as a train coming through a tunnel… [Price] manages to give the story a fierce momentum, one that makes putting this book aside to sleep or eat or do anything else very difficult… This book literally interrupted my professional and personal life.
Night Watch is summoned to the four a. In order to generate freight traffic, the railroads had to attract settlers who would produce things to ship on their trains. Using the river to cool its nuclear reactors, Hanford used as much water as a city of 1 million people.
This is critical because in much of the world sees little connection in the relationship between humans and nature; most people rarely think of the power of nature except in cases of emergency and natural disaster. Both corporations also funneled their vast federal subsidies into the pockets of their principals by subcontracting construction work to companies they controlled, which dramatically overcharged the railroads for their services.
Because of this unusual life cycle, salmon provide a net gain in energy to the Columbia River system. Back in the run-and-gun days of the mids, when a young Billy Graves worked in the South Bronx as part of an aggressive anti-crime unit known as the Wild Geese, he made headlines by accidentally shooting a ten-year-old boy while struggling with an angel-dusted berserker on a crowded street.
They are the claimants and kings who ruled England before the Tudors, and now Philippa Gregory brings them to life through the dramatic and intimate stories of the secret players: While the point of the book is to consider the Columbia in terms of energy, more background information in certain areas, especially the Hanford Nuclear Plant, would be useful.
The greatest strength of The Organic Machine is its ability to look at a familiar subject in a new way. Nobody was punished for running railroads into the ground, or at least nobody at the top. Throughout The Organic Machine, White writes in a clear style, and successfully explains some complex scientific processes such as how the water in the Columbia moves at different speeds based on depth, width, and elevation change.
Despite these few criticisms, readers with an interest in environmental history, salmon, or the Pacific Northwest will likely enjoy The Organic Machine.
For several millennia, Indians living on or near the Columbia took advantage of this opportunity for energy gain, making salmon a primary part of their subsistence strategies.
The transcontinentals took full advantage of the corporate form. As American society moved towards greater technical efficiency and increased productivity it forced the Columbia to do the same despite the undesirable side effects like the loss of salmon.
They took advantage of this resource, often appropriating the space of native people in the process, sometimes violently but more often after Indian numbers declined drastically due to disease epidemics for which they had no immunity. Ultimately, however, the manipulations of the canners and fishermen on the Columbia paled beside those of the dam builders.
White, however, draws copiously from the correspondence of railroad insiders, which describes the brazen dishonesty of the annual reports as purposeful and systemic. Brother turns on brother to win the ultimate prize, the throne of England, in this dazzling account of the wars of the Plantagenets.
New York Daily News A gripping, gritty, Greek tragedy of cops, killers, and the sometimes-blurry line between them… Price is one whale of a storyteller by any name… The author skillfully manipulates [his] multiple story lines for peak suspense, as his arresting characters careen toward a devastating final reckoning.
Railroading was exceptionally dangerous work, with accidents caused by the lack of basic safety devices such as automatic couplers and air brakes. The investors were victimized all the same. The deeper meanings of railroad space remained invisible unless the trains were put in motion. What made the scam a full-scale tragedy, as White reminds us periodically, was the displacement, confinement and murder of American Indians by railroads, farmers, miners and ranchers who coveted ever more of their land.
Lorraine Adams Richard Price is the author of eight previous novels—including The Wanderers, Clockers, Freedomland, and Lush Life—all of which have won universal praise for their vividly etched portrayals of urban America. I had to read the final pages in a single sitting.
White is more interested in the big picture, seeing the river as a whole instead of examining its components singly. Back in the run-and-gun days of the mids, when a young Billy Graves worked in the South Bronx as part of an aggressive anti-crime unit known as the Wild Geese, he made headlines by accidentally shooting a ten-year- The electrifying tale of a New York City police detective under siege-by an unsolved murder, by his own dark past, and by a violent stalker seeking revenge.
Olney had not only been the general counsel of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad before becoming attorney general; he stayed on its payroll and also that of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe while working in Washington. Citing a fascination with both salmon and dams, White examines the history of both on the Columbia River through the lens of energy and work.
Yet, as White points out, the river itself had changed as well. whites continued to oppose public school integration. The illegal activities of Richard Nixon's reelection campaign are particularly puzzling given.
Nixon's share of the popular vote in The phrase "greed is good" captures the spirit of the economic policies of which president?
Trains in Vain: On Richard White The building of the transcontinental railroads is not the story of a managerial revolution, argues Richard White, but of incompetence and corruption rewarded.
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