The story is captivatingly written, briskly paced, and contains a wealth of detail.
Journal of Southern History
Nelson's truly innovative insights, solid research, and narrative skill make his book a significant and welcome contribution.
American Historical Review
[Nelson] offers a new perspective on North-South relations during the era of Redemption.
Virginia Magazine of History and Biography
[I]t is a sparkling example of scholarship that moves effortlessly across the boundaries of business, social, and political history.
Journal of American History
[A] fine study, which offers new and fresh interpretations and does so by integrating a range of disciplines.
Civil War Book Review
From the Inside Flap
Focusing on the Reconstruction era, this book links the expansion of Southern railways by Southern planters and northern capitalists to issues of State•s rights, racial violence, and big business.