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. ...

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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

  • Sue Gilbert
    Aug 20, 2019
    Fascinating account of the Chinese railroad worker in the late 1800s working on the CPRR as told via quotes and other accounts of hard to find records. The story was dry at times, and a little disjointed in the telling, but what has to be shared about the plight of the Chinese, the har...
  • Laurie
    Aug 19, 2019
    Most Americans learn in school that there were Chinese workers on the transcontinental railroad project, but that?s usually where it stops. Chang, professor of humanities and of history at Stanford, the director of the Center for East Asian Studies and co-director of the Chinese Rail...
  • 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...
  • Mark
    Oct 07, 2019
    The is an amazing book in two ways. First, the story of the incredible human cost of building the Sierra Mountain portion of the transcontinental railway was amazing. "Gold Mountain" was the term by which the Sierras were known by the Chinese workers (due to the Gold found in them). Bu...
  • 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...
  • Phoebe
    Jul 28, 2019
    Chang says over and over how little information survives to document the experiences and identities of the thousands of Railroad Chinese whose contributions changed America forever, yet he manages to write a lucid and thorough book about them. Cover to cover, this text is extraordinary...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Amber
    Nov 05, 2019
    This book is very awesome and very necessary (yep, I'm a total sophisticate when it comes to writing book reviews). I grew up in nowhere Nevada, right on the Central RR where many Chinese Railroad workers worked back in the day during this massive undertaking to connect East to West ...
  • Josh
    Aug 26, 2019
    I saw this book featured on CBS Sunday Morning. While it took me a few months to read, that says more about my schedule and reading habits than the book. I found it extremely well written, deeply compelling and both wonderfully uplifting and horrifyingly sad. Professor Chang and his co...
  • 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...
  • Joseph Ribera
    Aug 12, 2019
    Lots of facts, some redundacy. Poor quality photos. It?s dual themes were: celebrating the accomplishments of the several thousands of Chinese men who worked on the railroad; and decrying the lack of recognition they received at the time and since for their contribution. Dispels some...
  • Sandi
    Sep 10, 2019
    A story about the Chinese workers on the railroad during the the building of the transacross our nation ...
  • 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...
  • Ammi Bui
    Nov 10, 2019
    Gordon Chang tells the story of the "Railroad Chinese" in an exciting and engrossing way that got me to keep reading... all through my Sunday-- good-bye, weekend. This book didn't feel like a typical slog through dense academic material the way some nonfiction books do. The presentatio...
  • 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...
  • Helen
    Sep 04, 2019
    It took an epic research effort to create this story of the thousands of Chinese who worked over four years to build the western portion of the Transcontinental Railroad. I say epic because there is not a single surviving piece of writing by one of the actual workers. Gordon Chang told...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Susan
    Oct 03, 2019
    I'm sure I learned in third grade California history that Chinese laborers worked on the western end of the transcontinental railroad, but that's as far as it went. Even without accounts from the laborers themselves, Chang has painted a rich picture of what their lives were probably li...
  • Amanda Peterson
    Aug 23, 2019
    This is a fascinating read and one that might require a deep dive in the future. I have only heard a small portion of the Chinese that came to work on the railroad but now that I know a little more on the subject I am stunned this is not taught further. Especially in the climate of imm...
  • 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...
  • Sophie
    Aug 06, 2019
    This can't decide if it's an academic work or a historical nonfiction narrative. This was a shame since it made it quite difficult to read at times. I wish the author had chosen the latter style and removed some of his own analysis, which at times is barely at a high school level - ex:...
  • 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 ...
  • Chris Miller
    Sep 03, 2019
    Chief Left Hand by Margaret Coel is an amazing book that I admire very much, but with difficult sourcing due to a lack of records from the Indian perspective. Gordon H. Chang has raised the difficulty level with Ghosts of Gold Mountain, an excellent history of the "railroad" Chinese th...
  • 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...