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 - 12
Reviewer's Location - Spring Hill, Tennessee, United States
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Iron Rails, Iron Men and the Race to Link the Nation is an inspiring book about the building of the Transcontinental Railroad. In the 1850’s, when gold fever claimed the West, the national leaders began to question if there was a safer, faster, and more effective way to travel across the country. Their question was answered when two companies, the Central Pacific and the Union Pacific, began to build the Transcontinental Railroad. Hundreds of men worked for these two companies as they both raced to link the nation before the other. Tunnels were blown, bridges built, and many more hardships met the men as they constructed the railroad that would change the country. The leaders of the Central Pacific and the Union Pacific pushed their men harder and harder in order to finally bond one side of U.S with the other. Who wins? The Central Pacific or the Union Pacific? Read this amazing history-packed book to find out!   


This book is full of lots of important and valuable information on the building of the Transcontinental Railroad. It is slightly confusing in the beginning, but eventually, all is explained and the reader can read without any more confusion. For anyone who is looking to write a report or just to learn about this awesome railroad, this is a great resource book. Some of the information could have been arranged in a different way so that it would be more easily understood. Kids 12 and up would best understand this book. Overall, this book is a great read for anyone interested in the Transcontinental Railroad!  

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