Charles Adams had been a colonel in the Union Army during the Civil War. At that time, his father was Lincoln’s Minister to England and his young brother was the future author of what is still regarded as one of the great nonfiction books of the 20th century, “The Education of Henry Adams.” Those three men also had two U.S. Presidents in their lineage.
Altogether a fascinating and entertaining book.
“…in this day of hasty generalization, it will not do to forget that these are the conclusions of the man who has given more study than any other to the railroad problem, and is the best qualified man in this country to discuss it authoritatively. None can read it without profit and nobody who desires to think intelligently about railroads should neglect to do so.â€”THE NEW YORK TIMES