Railroad Noir

Railroad Noir

The American West at the End of the Twentieth Century

Book - 2010
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Culled from the 20 years she spent traveling the American West as a freight brakeman and conductor, Linda Grant Niemann's Railroad Noir delves into the darker side of railroading. The 1990s were a time of crisis for workers caught in the breakup of the Southern Pacific Railroad. Niemann's tales of exhaustion, alcoholism, homelessness, and corporate blundering present a revelatory account of railroading life. Photographer Joel Jensen realizes Niemann's vision of the working West with images of cowboy bars, blue motels, and railroaders working in electrical storms, white-outs, and desert heat waves. The result is an honest, gritty, and striking collaboration.

Publisher: Bloomington : Indiana University Press, c2010
ISBN: 9780253354464
0253354463
Characteristics: xiii, 151 p. : ill. (some col.), col. map ; 24 x 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Jensen, Joel.

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