"Is it necessary to comment on an established author such as Roger Grant. Heavens, he is a fine scholar and writes better than Hemingway!" ―John White, author of The American Railroad Passenger Car
"Read this book slowly, allowing the wealth of detail―which is the book’s great strength―time to sink in. You will find yourself thinking about certain details after hours, each reader resonating with some different aspect of the map Grant creates. Re-reading, some other aspect will surface.... Grant’s book leaves you wishing for more." ―Indiana Magazine of History
"Railroad historian Grant... has written an engaging book of train stories, detailing their social influence from 1830 to 1930.... Highly recommended.
"With its wealth of vignettes and more than 100 black-and-white illustrations, Railroads and the American People does a fine job of humanizing the iron horse." ―Wall Street Journal
"Grant very successfully identifies the countless ways that railroads have touched the lives of ordinary Americans and rail enthusiast communities such as ours as well." ―Michigan Railfan
"With plenty of detail, Grant brings a bygone era back to life, addressing everything from social and commercial appeal, racial and gender issues, safety concerns, and leaps in technology. But Grant never loses sight of the big picture and the essential role the railroads played in American life. He writes with authority and clarity in a work that can appeal to both casual and hardcore enthusiasts." ―Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Consisting of hundreds of vignettes containing a wealth of detailed descriptions and remembrances, Grant’s work is highly recommended to train buffs and others in love with early railroading." ―LIBRARY JOURNAL
H. Roger Grant is Kathryn and Calhoun Lemon Professor of History at Clemson University. He is author of 25 books, including Visionary Railroader (IUP, 2008) and (with Don L. Hofsommer) Iowa’s Railroads (IUP, 2009).
Good overall; very informative but the writing is a little dry. I did learn a lot from it.Published 6 months ago by Tina
Got this book for a gift and I love the history about trains and the town folk through our history.Published 21 months ago by Elton M. Rich
Highly readable and thoughtful survey of the impact of rail transportation including the geographic distribution of settlements in the lower 48 states and broadly appilicable to... Read morePublished on December 21, 2012 by Timothy D. Backhurst