Ghosts of Gold Mountain

The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad
Narrated by: David Shih
Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
Categories: History, Americas
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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.

From across the sea, they came by the thousands, escaping war and poverty in southern China to seek their fortunes in America. Converging on the enormous western worksite of the Transcontinental Railroad, the migrants spent years dynamiting tunnels through the snow-packed cliffs of the Sierra Nevada and laying tracks across the burning Utah desert. Their sweat and blood fueled the ascent of an interlinked, industrial United States. But those of them who survived this perilous effort would suffer a different kind of death - a historical one, as they were pushed first to the margins of American life and then to the fringes of public memory. 

In this groundbreaking account, award-winning scholar Gordon H. Chang draws on unprecedented research to recover the Chinese railroad workers' stories and celebrate their role in remaking America. An invaluable correction of a great historical injustice, The Ghosts of Gold Mountain returns these "silent spikes" to their rightful place in our national saga.

©2019 Gordon H. Chang (P)2019 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Ghost of Gold Mountain

This is a tale that needs to be taught in schools and and in documentaries. I was moved at the strength the Chinese had to overcome obstacles few would even try.

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The hidden story of the Chinese railroad men who conquered the Sierra Nevada and united the USA

A carefully historical account of the brave Chinese who built the western section of the transcontinental railroad. He is careful to accurately portray their bravery encountering hard granite, bitter cold, isolation, racism and construct the crucial element of American unity. Many died gruesome deaths. Many spirits are “hungry ghosts” still waiting for transport back to the land of their ancestors.

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Very inspiring, educational, and enlightening!

We had no idea the details, sacrifice, and intensity of the involvement of these Men towards the advancement of our nation connecting the East to the West. Their dedication to the traditions of how their culture defines them has greatly impacted our history. We cannot believe their dedication under the intensity of such suffering and ungrateful treatment. This story starts out slowly. Stick with it as it begins to unfold an incredible story that you will truly appreciate.

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Very well done history of the Railroad Chinese

I found this book historically interesting, I have been interested in the Transcontinental Railroad since I was a kid. Living in Utah were the Rails joined helps. This book is not much on story, but fu of interesting facts about how difficult it was to build the Railroad. If you want a perspective of the Chinese this book is for you.

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Important story to be told and to be heard.

Most interesting account of Chinese history in America perhaps especially to students of the Central Pacific Railroad’s efforts in building the first transcontinental railroad westward.

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Ghosts of Gold Mtn.

An excellent history of the Chinese experience in the US from 1850 into the 1880s, focusing on the men who constructed the western leg of the transcontinental railroad from 1861 to 1869. A scholarly work realized from multiple sources and years of research. Well read.

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Tons of information but dry

I suppose I came into this expecting more. After re-listening to another audio book about the men that basically made that project happen. I wanted more and Gordon delivered so much information. I hoped for it to be more in a story mode as to be entertaining.