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"Well-written, engaging, and packed with information, this appealing book explains complex events clearly."

"The book is an excellent social, political, and commercial history of 19th-century Baltimore and the nation... Highly recommended."

"This volume was well written, nearly placing the reader alongside Garrett in his office or home library as he took on the enormous task on running the Baltimore & Ohio."

"In a well-researched and engaginglywritten volume, Sander has traced the rise—and fall—of the B&O through the career of its most influential president."

"Sander’s biography is a sweeping and grand narrative of one of the nation’s seminal and transformative railroad presidents whose enterprise is still hard at work today."