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Gordon H. Chang | Ghosts of Gold Mountain: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad

This event is free and open to the public and will take place at the bookshop.

Gordon H. Chang will read from and sign his new historical Ghosts of Gold Mountain: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad

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.

Gordon H. Chang is the Olive H. Palmer Professor in Humanities and Professor of History at Stanford University, where he also serves as Director of the Center for East Asian Studies and Co-Director of the Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project. The author of Fateful Ties and editor of four other books, he lives in Stanford, California.

Places in the signing line are reserved for those who purchase a copy Ghosts of Gold Mountain: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad from The King's English. 

GET YOUR COPY NOW! Pre-order your signed copy of Ghosts of Gold Mountain: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad today, by either calling the store at 801-484-9100 or ordering online. Please specify if you will be attending the event and if you want your book personalized. 

Event date: 
Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
The King's English Bookshop
1511 S 1500 E
Salt Lake City, UT 84105
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$28.00
ISBN: 9781328618573
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - May 7th, 2019