Regulating Railroad Innovation: Business, Technology, and Politics in America, 1840 1920. By Steven W. Usselman. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002. Pp. xv, 398. 65.00cloth;65.00 cloth; 25.00, paper.


As its title suggests, the focus of this work is on the process and context of railroad innovation rather than its economic causes and consequences. The book reflects a wide reading in both primary and relevant secondary sources and the author s extensive use of the corporate records of the Pennsylvania and Burlington railroads.

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