Walter R. Borneman is author of several books, including "1812: The War That Forged a Nation, The French and Indian War: Deciding the Fate of North America," and "Polk: The Man Who Transformed the Presidency" and "America," for which he won the Tennessee History Book Award and Colorado Book Award for Biography. He is the president of the Walter V. and Idun Y. Berry Foundation, which funds postdoctoral fellowships in children's health at Stanford University.
"Walter R. Borneman's Rival Rails is a riveting history of the frenetic race to construct a railroad across the great American Southwest following the Civil War. Borneman is masterful at writing seamless narrative. Every page sings with fine writing."--Douglas Brinkley, Professor of History at Rice University and author of "The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America"