• Ghosts of Gold Mountain

  • The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad
  • By: Gordon H. Chang
  • Narrated by: David Shih
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (108 ratings)

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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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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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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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Okay…

I picked up this book because I saw some great reviews. I was not a huge fan of it. It is very detailed and can get VERY slow. If you are interested in this topic and know some basic information I would suggest to get this book. If not, look for another book.

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Important Piece of Recovered History

Thoroughly researched, clearly written, and beautifully narrated. A tremendous education about a vital piece of American history. Strong recommendation.

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Proper History

Not only does the author provide a narration of events comprising the Chinese workers’ roles in building the railroads, he also includes sourcing details to explain how we know what we know, and how the gaps are filled in.

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A long ignored tale

This is yet another piece of history that has been swept under the rug because it did not reinforce the myth of white supremacy. In short, a transcontinental railroad was the next step in linking the country together but white men refused because of the massive hardship involved so Chinese laborers were brought across the Pacific. Through their extraordinary efforts and skills it was successfully completed.

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Very important history

Very grateful that this history is being recorded and shared in such an elegant and substantial manner

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Wonderful and tragic

Professor Chang has written a superb history of the railroad Chinese who worked on the Central Pacific Railroad and were essential participants in the history of America.

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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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