America's finest author of historical Fiction (The Great Maria, The Firedrake, The Secret Eleanor) turns her prodigious talents to historical Fact. In prose as clear as creek water, nailing a narrative voice both sympathetic and judicious, with humor and passion, she tells the true story the history books leave out: of the great railroad strike of 1877, when "ordinary" men and women rose in anger against a system stacked in favor of the rich and powerful and stopped the trains. It's all here--the defiance, the tragedy, the roguery and lucky breaks, the players on both sides in all their greed and grit and glory. This was a time, little remembered and unfortunately rarely repeated, when as Holland puts it, "the real Atlas shrugged." Read it.