illuminate history

Curiosity: forget “Cherchez la femme” (Look for the woman.) “Cherchez l’histoire.” (Look for the story.)


I am currently reading  Engines of War, a fascinating book by Christian Wolmar, leading British authority on railroads. I discovered this, his most recent book by way of the NYT blog Disunion, where Wolmar recently guest-blogged with his post The Iron Horse at War. In that post, as well as in the third chapter of this book, Wolmar writes about Herman Haupt, the brilliant and innovative railroad strategist whom I “met” while researching my book.

In Engines of War, Wolmar describes how railroads significantly influenced outcomes of wars around the world from the Crimean War in the 1850s through the Cold War in the 1960s. He is just completing a US book tour—traveling via Amtrak. He gave talks at the Smithsonian, the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, and the Johnstown, PA library. I’m hoping that he was also able to make contact with the staff and historian at Petersburg Battlefield , while in the DC area–since I gave him their names, email addresses, and phone numbers.


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This entry was posted on September 28, 2011 by in Civil War, Railroad, US History.
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