Iron Rails, Iron Men, and the Race to Link the Nat...
Iron Rails, Iron Men, and the Race to Link the Nation: The Story of the Transcontinental Railroad
by Martin W. Sandler
Age Range - 8 - 12
Genre - Historical Nonfiction

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Age at time of review - 15
Reviewer's Location - South Riding, Virginia, United States
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The book Iron Rails, Iron Men, and the Race to Link the Nation is about the beginning of the railroads in the United States. Throughout the book, it gives us extremely vivid details about why the need for the railroads was paramount, as well as the benefits of the new form of transportation and/or industry and its role in the armed forces. There are specific details about the men who orchestrated the entire enterprise. Gazing through the eyes of people like Abraham Lincoln, we even realize why the railroads were crucial for The Union (North) to annihilate The Confederacy (South) during the American Civil War.

 

Opinion: 

Iron Rails, Iron Men, and the Race to Link the Nation is one the most graphically detailed books I have read personally! In my eyes, I can fruitfully understand the exhaustion that the slaves, the prisoners, and the soldiers went through and survived during The American Civil War.  I say that because you do not go through that kind of horrible experience and not be changed by the ordeal afterward. I want everybody who reads Iron Rails, Iron Men, and the Race to Link the Nation to understand that this conflict was at a point where America was divided into two and that sometimes fracturement brings the entire universe together.

 
Rating:
4
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Content rating - some mature content

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Due to the nature of the war and conflict, this book may not be suitable for young children.
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