What could have been a rousing story, just misses because of the manner of the telling. The material -- the big four among the railroad builders of the West, -- C. P. Huntington, Leland Stanford, Charles Crocker and Mark Hopkins, and the early days of railroad building, financial manipulations and political priming. It is all there, but the somewhat pedestrianly expository style slows up the pace of the material. Objective presentation, neither glorifying nor condemning. The description of the period, the problems of railroad etiquette yield amusing anecdotes and give the flavor of the times. Though this is not a penetrating book about railroads, men or social conditions, it is well worth reading."" Posters and Pacific Coast advertising planned.