The railroads may not have advanced civilization in America, notes this sharp-edged history, but they were eminently creative in their destruction.
Latter-day corporatistas will not be pleased with the neo-Marxist slant that eminent historian White (American History/Stanford Univ.; Remembering Ahanagran: Storytelling in a Family's Past, 1998, etc.) brings to his vigorous account of the 19th-century transcontinental railroads. Read full book review >
A "collaboration" between historian White (Univ. of Washington) and his mother, Sara, this blends formal historical research and the oral tradition. Read full book review >
The adventures of 12-year-old Charlie Prescott rather than Huckleberry Finn—in a ``sequel'' novel by White (Sword of the North, 1983) that's written with the innocent tone of YA literature from a half-century ago, when role models dispensed wisdom and championed ideals. Charlie, occasionally mischievous, runs off the Wind River, Wyoming, schoolteacher when he and one of the local ruffians tie a calf to the bell rope at school. Read full book review >