Ghosts of Gold Mountain: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad

Ghosts of Gold Mountain: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad

?Gripping? Chang has accomplished the seemingly impossible? he has written a remarkably rich, human and compelling story of the railroad Chinese.??Peter Cozzens, Wall Street Journal A groundbreaking, breathtaking history of the Chinese workers who built the Transcontinental Railroad, helping to forge modern America only to disappear into the shadows of history until now. F ?Gripping? Chang has accomplished the seemingly impossible? he has written a remarkably rich, hum...

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Title:Ghosts of Gold Mountain: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad
Author:Gordon H. Chang
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Genres:History
ISBN:1328618579
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

Ghosts of Gold Mountain: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad Reviews

  • Joan
    May 29, 2019
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  • Schuyler Wallace
    Apr 29, 2019
    Gordon H. Chang has written a fascinating account of the labor and technology involved in building the Transcontinental Railroad. For seven years, two railroad companies raced towards each other across some 1,900 miles of the United States, completing a link between the East and We...
  • Sharon
    May 24, 2019
    Stanford University Sinologist Gordon H. Chang has taken a bit of history that most of us probably never learned and made it come alive. Chinese immigrants to the United States were the major construction force of the Central Pacific Railroad, which connected with the Union Pacific...
  • Randall Harrison
    Jun 25, 2019
    Perhaps my expectations were a little too high for this book. I thought this would provide more specific detail than I've received in reading other books about the construction of the intercontinental railroad, like Stephen Ambrose's, Nothing Like It In The World. The detail here is ex...
  • Chris
    Jul 03, 2019
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  • Maughn Gregory
    Jul 15, 2019
    My father sang with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in 1969 at the centennial celebration of the completion of the continental railroad. Mormons were an important contingent of the laborers that brought the Central Pacific line to Promontory, Utah after it arrived in the Territory from Nev...
  • Karen
    Jun 01, 2019
    This book had special meaning to me because my great grandfather worked on the railroad. Family legend has it that he was kidnapped by Indians. Later adopted into the tribe. Our family story as told by my uncle in a book called , Elephant and The Indians. By Murray K Lee. ...
  • Randy
    Jul 17, 2019
    This was a very informative book, although clearly difficult for the author to write based on first-hand accounts of the Chinese experience on building the transcontinental railroad, since there are few first-hand accounts that have been preserved. The author presents much of his mater...
  • PWRL
    Jun 13, 2019
    A ...
  • Melissa
    Mar 31, 2019
    This review is part of the Amazon Vine program. I had known before that a lot of Chinese Immigrants came over to work on the railroads back in the 19th century. What I didn't know was the extent, the hardship, and just how integral they were to the effort. Ghosts of Gold Mountain...
  • Daniel Farabaugh
    Jul 05, 2019
    This book suffers from a problem that the author addresses up front. There are no accounts by the Chinese who worked on the railroads. Thus there is a lot of speculation about what they felt and this hurts the narrative. ...
  • Kenneth Flusche
    Jul 09, 2019
    I feel like going to my neighborhood Chinese Restaurant and Hugging everybody. A Sad but true story of American History, both Good and Bad. ...
  • Kate
    Apr 01, 2019
    The actual content of this book is very interesting. It tells the story of 1000s of Chinese immigrants would built the Western half of the Transcontinental Railroad. It gives lots of details on how immigration worked, how the Chinese performed dangerous construction that included tunne...
  • Keith
    Jun 17, 2019
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  • Gammamaggie
    Jun 06, 2019
    Great read. Amazing info heretofore unknown. ...
  • Bob H
    Apr 23, 2019
    May 2019 is the 150th anniversary of the Golden Spike ceremony, so it's fitting for this groundbreaking new book, one which tells the story of the Railroad Chinese, as the author calls them, in detail for the first time. To build the transcontinental railroad, to bind the nation east a...
  • Rachel
    May 28, 2019
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  • Leslie Ann
    Jun 08, 2019
    The role of Chinese immigrants in building the Transcontinental Railroad is important to tell, and given the lack of documentation (e.g., companies paid overseers block sums so that they didn't have to keep track of the number of workers), it is impressive how well Chang uses accounts ...
  • Geoffrey
    Dec 18, 2018
    (Note: I received an ARC of this book courtesy of NetGalley) Throughout this work, author Gordon Chang rightfully laments the current lack of firsthand accounts from any of the Chinese migrants who helped construct the Transcontinental Railroad. However, if he hadn't called attentio...
  • Katie
    Feb 21, 2019
    The western portion of the Transcontinental Railroad was built almost entirely by immigrant Chinese, 20,000 or so of them.  I expect most of us are vaguely aware of that, and I expect most of us are aware this was hard, dangerous work.  Begun in 1864, finished in 1869, this portion s...
  • John Yingling
    Jul 13, 2019
    I only slightly knew of the Chinese contributions to the building of the Transcontinental Railroad. This enlightening book opened my eyes, so to speak, to the enormous part played by these men, and to their sacrifices and dedication in doing so. Without their efforts, the western half ...
  • Sara
    Jun 11, 2019
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  • Katie Bee
    Jun 10, 2019
    A fantastic book about the lives, work, and culture of the Railroad Chinese. I have long wished for a strong book about this crucial part of the American story, and finally one has arrived. Chang explores the world of the Railroad Chinese with a deft and thoughtful hand, delivering a m...
  • Kelly Dale Hogan
    Jun 07, 2019
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  • Amy
    Jul 18, 2019
    At issue in the controversy over the deaths of Chinese who perished during and after the construction of the Pacific Railroad is the deep anguish and anger many felt about the suffering Chinese endured in nineteenth-century America, which has yet to be fully acknowledged. The grief con...
  • Liz
    May 25, 2019
    According to the author's introduction, it sounds like a book like this, a telling of the transcontinental railroad building from the point of view of the Chinese, hasn't really existed up until this point. So for that reason, I'm really glad it was written! I didn't go through the end...
  • Newt Taylor
    Jul 06, 2019
    Did not finish, as it?s neither ?gripping? nor ?breathtaking?. Which is too bad, as it?s obvious Chang devoted an enormous amount of research to a neglected chapter in American history. Plenty of gifted nonfiction writers(you know, the ones who are true storytellers) could ...
  • Ambrosia Walker
    Jun 04, 2019
    If you are interested in the West and how the railroad got started great to read. If you are a Chinese American Great history lesson. I love the folk songs, and references to their everyday life. ...
  • Jane
    Jun 24, 2019
    This section of American history has been long overlooked and deserves to be told. And the research and accounts from descendants have been painstakingly difficult to locate and gather. I looked forward to reading this, and did learn much about the hardships, the southern region in Chi...
  • Jim Mackell
    Jul 03, 2019
    A very extensive history of the Chinese railroad workers in America. A thorough and scholarly study. Much drier than I expected as the author points out there are virtually no records surviving that were created by the workers. ...