By all accounts, the era of railroad travel graced by the endeavors of George Mortlmer ""Was the most sumptuously upholstered landfaring in the history of human movement"". Before Pullman's day, lavish decoration was already common, but it was an inadequate substitute for the practical physical comforts provided by Pullman and his competitors to hasten the arrival of the heyday of passenger travel. Lucius Beebe, who together with his colleague Clegg has owned at least two private railway cars, has written of powerful material about railroads and other symbols of America's Manifest Destiny in the post . In this case, at least, he can be forgiven a certain number of . This time, he is certainly writing about rich millionaries, no matter how that sounds. The excitement of the times, the impetuous individualism of the chief characters, and the long range impact of deluxe travel for large numbers of Americans are a red hot combination for any book. Despite the price (for which some 766 illustrations are promised), railroading fans and American collection of all ages should be in high over this one.