E. H. Harriman: Master Railroader E. H. Harriman: Master Railroader
By Lloyd J. Mercer
2003/06 - Beard Books
1587981602 - Paperback - Reprint - 200 pp.

Here is an honest, balanced portrait of the man, based not on emotion, but on scientific analysis of his accomplishments.

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Categories: Biographies & Memoirs | Maritime & Transportation 

This title is part of the Business Histories list.

Of Interest:

E. H. Harriman: Railroad Czar

This fascinating look at E.H. Harriman, the man, railroad financier, and manager, helps to dispel the myths about this entrepreneurial giant and to define the valuable legacies that he left to following generations. Lloyd J. Mercer sketches Harriman's career from an office boy of fourteen to chief executive of the greatest railroad system in the United States, if not the world, examining in detail each of Harriman's major railroad endeavors. Harriman was more than just a business icon. A philanthropist, conservationist, and naturalist, he fostered activities that showed a genuine concern for people and the preservation of our natural resources.

From the back cover blurb:

... Harriman's business acumen culminated in rebuit and reorganized railroads that improved the efficiency of the railroad transportation system in the United States, if not the world...

From Book News, Inc.

Railroad financier E.H. Harriman (1848-1909) was one of the most influential figures in American railroading at the turn of the twentieth century. In this biography, Mercer (economics, U. of California-Santa Barbara) describes Harriman's life and career, examining in detail each of his major railroad endeavors. The volume is a reprint of a 1985 edition published by G.K. Hall & Company. Annotation 2003 

Lloyd J. Mercer is a Professor of Economics at the University of California in Santa Barbara, where he has taught for 36 years. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Washington. He has published numerous articles in the areas of economic history and water resource economics. Photo from back cover.

Other Beard Books by Lloyd J. Mercer:

List of Tables vii
Chronology ix
Chapter One Introduction 1
Chapter Two The Harriman Business Career 8
Chapter Three Learning the Business: The Illinois Central, 1883-1909 24
Chapter Four Applying the Lessons: The Union Pacific, 1897-1909 49
Chapter Five Combining Systems: The Southern Pacific, 1901-1909 67
Chapter Six Captain of Finance: The Northern Securities Company and Its Aftermath 88
Chapter Seven Looting or Improved Management? The Chicago & Alton 104
Chapter Eight Minor Plays: The Kansas city Southern, the Baltimore & Ohio, and the Erie Railroad Company 126
Chapter Nine Under Attack: The ICC Investigation 1906-1907 144
Chapter Ten Lessons for the 1980s and Beyond 160
Notes and References 169
Bibliographical Essay 172
Index 183
About the Author 188

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