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The Octopus: A Story of California

The Octopus: A Story of California
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Based on an actual, bloody dispute between wheat farmers and the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1880, this is the story of the waning days of ...
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  • ISBN-13: 9780140187700
  • ISBN-10: 0140187707
  • Publisher: Penguin Books
  • Brand: Penguin Classics
  • Media: Paperback
  • Quantity Available: 5
  • Status: Available for Immediate Shipment
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Based on an actual, bloody dispute between wheat farmers and the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1880, this is the story of the waning days of the frontier West.

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This is a turn-of-the-century epic of California wheat farmers struggling against the rapacity of the Pacific and Southwestern Railroad, which will stop at nothing to extend its domination. The company controls the local paper, the land, the legislature and, when the farmers organize to protect themselves, even manages to control their representative on the state rate-fixing commission. An unremitting tale of greed and betrayal, originally intended as one-third of Norris never-completed Epic of the Wheat trilogy.

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  • ISBN-13 : 9780140187700
  • ISBN-10 : 0140187707
  • Media : Paperback
  • Pages : 688
  • Status : 5 on hand
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