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Irish Gandy Dancer: A tale of building the Transcontinental Railroad Paperback – May 3, 2010


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  • Paperback: 198 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452826315
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452826318
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 7.9 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #615,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ryan M. Collins has collected a wide array of tales regarding the great public works of the late nineteenth century. Fusing the experiences of his travels throughout the Western United States, training as a teacher and experience as a journalist, Collins leads the reader through a first person narrative of young Irish lads moving westward in a search for adventure and better life. Collins is a writing teacher and holds advanced degrees in education and public administration. He makes his home in Southeastern Arizona.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 27, 2010
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A very enjoyable account of the young Irishman, John McGlinchey. He personally takes you along with him and shares his life as he helps to build the Transcontinental Railroad from Nebraska to Utah. Filled with bits of interesting history of not only the railroad, but the different states, the towns that sprang up to follow the railroad as it moved westward, as well as the people, both good and bad, encountered along the way. The book also includes some outstanding historical pictures. Would be a wonderful book to get middle to high schoolers interested in history. Would also be a good summer reading project. I thoroughly enjoyed it and it left me with a wanting to discover more. Irish Gandy Dancer: A tale of building the Transcontinental Railroad
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By RaineyLibrarian on October 18, 2010
I could not put this book down! This is a fascinating account of life during the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad. It was action packed and very insightful, as it expressed the feelings and attitudes of the 1860s through the eyes of an Irish immigrant. As a school librarian, I would recommend this book for all high school libraries and anyone who loves to read about American history!
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By Larry W. Dean on September 14, 2010
Riveting personal account of one man's epic journey throughout the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad. Warm, touching, educational...a must read for students of American history, both young and old. An action-adventure lifted from the private journal of the author's own great-grandfather, Irish Gandy Dancer will not disappoint!
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