"Frank Sprague... is a major historical figure who for decades lacked a significant biography. This void has been ably and engagingly filled in this book by the dean of electric traction authors, William D. Middleton, and his son, William III." ―Classic Trains, Summer 2010
"This definitive, and long-awaited, biography of the 'Father of Electric Traction' details the life and times of an exceptional engineer, maverick innovator, entrepreneur, and businessman." ―NMRA Magazine, August 2010
"Anyone interested in American history, urban affairs, and related topics will find this book very interesting." ―bookviewsbyalancaruba.blogsport.com, 12/1/2009
"The authors weave this biography through time, with technological and political details that make Sprague human, a creative soul pressing his ideas with a sports-like outcome―some wins, some losses, and some ties.... I recommend this well-written book detailing the life of the 'Father of Electric Traction' to explain the development of what we so casually take for granted." ―Trains, April 2010
"No one has previously used Sprague's personal papers in a published biography... Recommended." ―Choice, May 2010
"[By documenting] the life of the person generally considered one of the most significant leaders in the development of public transit... [this] is a welcome addition to the literature." ―James H. Graebner, author of From Small Town to Downtown: A History of the Jewett Car Company
About the Author
William D. Middleton is the author of more than 20 books and many hundreds of articles on rail transportation, engineering, and travel topics. He is editor (with George M. Smerk and Roberta L. Diehl) of Encyclopedia of North American Railroads (IUP, 2007).
William D. Middleton III is a contributor to the Encyclopedia of North American Railroads (IUP, 2007).