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

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  11 March 2003

Mark Aldrich
Smith College


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.

© 2003 The Economic History Association

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