James J. Hill and the Opening of the Northwest
James J. Hill (1838-1916), the Empire Builder, created a vast railroad network across the northwestern United States. In this splendid biography, Martin, the first researcher to have access to Hill's voluminous correspondence, richly portrays a man of many parts: an entrepreneur, a family man, a collector of notable French paintings, a promoter of scientific agriculture, and a booster for the Northwest.
Praise for James J. Hill and the Opening of the Northwest:
"Martin's book is exceptionally well written and . . . one of the best biographies of a nineteenth-century business leader ever written."--American Historical Review