Union Pacific: The Reconfiguration: America's Greatest Railroad from 1969 to the Present by Maury Klein

Union Pacific: The Reconfiguration: America's Greatest Railroad from 1969 to the Present

byMaury Klein

Hardcover | June 1, 2011

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Praised by the Chicago Tribune as "thoroughly and compellingly detailed history," Volumes I and II of Maury Klein's monumental history of the Union Pacific Railroad covered the years from 1863-1969. Now the third and final volume brings the story of the Union Pacific - the oldest, largest, andmost successful railroad of modern times - fully up to date. The book follows the trajectory of an icon of the industrial age trying to negotiate its way in a post-railway world, plagued by setbacks such as labor disputes, aging infrastructure, government de-regulation, ill-fated mergers, and more. By 1969 the same company that a century earlier hadtriumphantly driven the golden spike into Promontory Summit - to immortalize the nation's first transcontinental railway - seemed a dinosaur destined for financial ruin. But as Klein shows, the Union Pacific not only survived but is once more thriving, which proves that railways remain critical tocommerce and industry in America, even as passenger train travel has all but disappeared. Drawing on interviews with Union Pacific personnel past and present, Klein takes readers inside the great railroad - into its boardrooms and along its tracks - to show how the company adapted to the rapidlychanging world of modern transportation. The book also offers fascinating portraits of the men who have run the railroad. The challenges they faced, and the strategies they developed to meet them, give readers a rare glimpse into the inner workings of one of America's great companies. A capstone on a remarkable achievement, Union Pacific: The Reconfiguration will appeal to historians, business scholars, and transportation buffs alike.

About The Author

Maury Klein is Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Rhode Island and the author of many books, including The Power Makers.

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Title:Union Pacific: The Reconfiguration: America's Greatest Railroad from 1969 to the PresentFormat:HardcoverDimensions:528 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:June 1, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195369890

ISBN - 13:9780195369892

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Prologue: The CelebrationPart One: The Kenefick Era, 1970-19851. The Industry2. The Fat Old Lady3. The New Arrangements4. The New Approach5. The Shifting Landscape6. The Corporate Relationship7. The Return of Humpty Dumpty8. The Year of Decisions9. The New Partners10. The Coming Together11. The Right Stuff12. The Operation13. The Marketing Maze14. The StudiesPart Two: The Walsh Era, 1986-199115. The Succession Scramble16. The Whirlwind17. The Quest for Quality18. The Enigmatic Dynamo19. The Problem20. The EmpirePart Three: The Davidson Era, 1992-200421. The Unstable Chessboard22. The Improbable Leader23. The Bidding War24. The Shaking Out25. The Sorting Out26. The Changing of the Guard27. The Nightmare28. The Road to Redemption29. The Lessons Learned30. The Clash of Styles31. The Lessons RelearnedEpilogue: The Next Railroad