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What happened when the US government stopped investing in railroads and started investing in highways and air travel? By the late 1970s, six major eastern railroads had declared bankruptcy. Although he didn’t like trains, Howard H. Lewis became the primary lawyer for the Reading Railroad during its legendary bankruptcy case. Here, Lewis provides a frank account of the high-intensity litigation and courtroom battles over the US government’s proposal to form Conrail out of the six bankrupt railroads, which meant taking the Reading's property, leaving the railroad to prove its worth. After five grueling years, the case was ultimately settled for $186 million—three times the original offer from the US government—and Lewis became known as a champion defender of both the railroad industry and its assets.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. CONTENTS
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Foreword
  2. John C. Spychalski
  3. pp. ix-xi
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  1. List of Abbreviations
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. List of Important Names
  2. pp. xv-xvii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-3
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  1. 1 The Age of Innocence
  2. pp. 4-17
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  1. 2 The Gathering Storm
  2. pp. 18-26
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  1. 3 A Time of Waiting
  2. pp. 27-30
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  1. 4 The Beginning
  2. pp. 31-41
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  1. 5 The Plot Thickens
  2. pp. 42-59
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  1. 6 Fear and Exhaustion
  2. pp. 60-67
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  1. 7 Detailed Case Preparation
  2. pp. 68-76
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  1. 8 The Times That Try Men’s Souls
  2. pp. 77-84
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  1. 9 The Rail Use Case: Ours and the Government’s
  2. pp. 85-93
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  1. 10 The Government’s Case
  2. pp. 94-100
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  1. 11 End Game
  2. pp. 101-122
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 123-132
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 133-137
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780253018717
Related ISBN
9780253018663
MARC Record
OCLC
931877152
Pages
160
Launched on MUSE
2016-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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