E. H. Harriman: A Biography - Vol. 1

E. H. Harriman: A Biography - Vol. 1

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E. H. Harriman: A Biography - Vol. 1

E. H. Harriman: A Biography - Vol. 1

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In writing this biography of E. H. Harriman I found it practically impossible to describe his many and varied activities in chronological sequence, year by year, as one might do in the case of a man who worked only in a single field and took up only one thing at a time. In every year after 1899 he was carrying on at least two or three, and sometimes half a dozen, important enterprises simultaneously ; and to narrate events by years would render it necessary to put into every year a scrap, or fragment, of everything that he was doing that year, and thus make the biography a series of superimposed literary sandwiches, each made up of a slice of the Boys' Club, a slice of the Union Pacific, a slice of the Southern Pacific, etc. This would break up three or four continuing enterprises into eight or ten intermixed installments, and tend not only to confuse the reader, but to deprive each achievement of the interest that it might have if treated separately as a whole.

I have also found it necessary to devote what may seem to be a disproportionate amount of space to the . . .

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