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James J. Hill & The Opening of the Northwest 1St Edition Edition

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ISBN-10: 0873512618
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"Martin's book is exceptionally well written and...one of the best biographies of a nineteenth-century business leader ever written." -- American Historical Review
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 702 pages
  • Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press; 1St Edition edition (May 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873512618
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873512619
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,554,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Of the four major biographies of James J. Hill, this one is the best and most detailed. If it has a fault, it is that it is too detailed for many readers. But for those interested in the financial history of the Great Northern Railway and the personal history of its builder, this is the classic.

Martin had full access to the James J. Hill papers, now open to the public. Pyle's 1917 biography was also based on those papers, but Pyle was an employee of Hill's and tried to whitewash the truth, which actually made Hill look worse than he was. Holbrook's brief bio was based mainly on Pyle and rumor. Malone's 1996 book on Hill is to Martin's what Holbrook's was to Pyle's--a good intro but not as detailed as Martin's.
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Very readable. I took it along on a recent trip on Amtrak's Empire Builder, while I didn't finish the book on this trip, too much to see, this is a perfect place to read it.

I recommend it.
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Thorough, yet readable account of James Hill and his slow but steady rise to wealth and influence through hard work and excellent character. Albro Martin delves deeply into the life of this incredible man and leads us to admire Hill for his character while marveling at his accomplishments.
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This is a very good, highly readable history of James J. Hill, his family and his numerous successful business adventures, and the Great Northern Railway in particular.
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Very readable. I'm a railroad fan and this is a good read for those interested in US railroad history. Martin's prose is excellent. Also, the bookseller delivered the book promptly and in great condition used.
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