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Lubetkin, M. John

Works: 9 works in 28 publications in 1 language and 1,130 library holdings
Genres: History  Sources  Personal correspondence  Fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: HE2791.N857, 330.973082
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Most widely held works by M. John Lubetkin
Jay Cooke's gamble : the Northern Pacific Railroad, the Sioux, and the Panic of 1873 by M. John Lubetkin( Book )

7 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and held by 546 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1869, Jay Cooke, the brilliant but idiosyncratic American banker, decided to finance the Northern Pacific, a transcontinental railroad planned from Duluth, Minnesota, to Seattle. M. John Lubetkin tells how Cooke's gamble reignited war with the Sioux, rescued George Armstrong Custer from obscurity, created Yellowstone Park, pushed frontier settlement four hundred miles westward, and triggered the Panic of 1873. Staking his reputation and wealth on the Northern Pacific, Cooke was soon whipsawed by the railroad's mismanagement, questionable contracts, and construction problems. Financier J.P. Morgan undermined him, and the Crédit Mobilier scandal ended congressional support. When railroad surveyors and army escorts ignored Sioux chief Sitting Bull's warning not to enter the Yellowstone Valley, Indian attacks -- combined with alcoholic commanders -- led to embarrassing setbacks on the field, in the nation's press, and among investors. Yet, sustained by his conviction that he was "God's chosen instrument," Cooke never gave up. By September 1873, Bismarck was reached, the Northern Pacific's revenues exceeded expenses, and track was planned to the Yellowstone. Then Custer's melodramatic report of the fight at the Yellowstone reached the New York press. Within hours, the news jolted Wall Street
Custer and the 1873 Yellowstone survey : a documentary history by M. John Lubetkin( Book )

4 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 216 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Progress on the nation's second transcontinental railroad slowed in 1873. The Northern Pacific's proposed middle -- the 250 miles between present Billings and Glendive, Montana -- had yet to be surveyed, and Sioux and Cheyenne Indians opposed construction through the Yellowstone Valley, the heart of their hunting grounds. A previous surveying expedition along the Yellowstone River in 1872 had resulted in the death of a prominent member of the party, the near-death of the railroad's chief engineer, the embarrassment of the U.S. Army, and a public relations and financial disaster for the Northern Pacific. Such is the backdrop for this story of the expedition told through documents selected and interpreted by historian M. John Lubetkin. The U.S. Army was determined to punish the Sioux, and the Northern Pacific desperately needed to complete its engineering work and resume construction. The expedition mounted in 1873 -- larger than all previous surveys combined -- included "embedded" newspaper correspondents and 1,600 infantry and cavalry, the latter led by George Armstrong Custer. Lubetkin has gathered firsthand accounts from the correspondents, diarists, and reporters who accompanied this important expedition, including that of news correspondent Samuel J. Barrows. Barrows's narrative -- written in a series of dispatches to the New York Tribune -- provides a comprehensive, often humorous description of events, and his proficiency with shorthand enabled him to capture quotations and dialogue with an authenticity unmatched by other writers on the survey. The expedition marched west from the Missouri River in mid-June of 1873 and, in three months, covered nearly 1,000, often grueling miles
Before Custer : surveying the Yellowstone, 1872 by M. John Lubetkin( Book )

6 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 208 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hoping to complete its transcontinental route, the Northern Pacific Railroad set out in 1872 to survey the Yellowstone Valley. An emissary from the Lakota chief Sitting Bull had warned the two surveying expeditions (eastern and western) not to enter the valley. But no one -- certainly no Northern Pacific investor -- was worried about taking the Indian threat seriously. As it turned out, the Indians were deadly serious -- and successful. The firsthand accounts compiled here by M. John Lubetkin document the survey's three-month struggle with the Lakotas and other Plains Indian people, a military and public relations disaster. Much to the surprised dismay of United States Army strategists and railroad executives, the Indians repeatedly harassed army forces of nearly a thousand men. One surveying party turned back without meeting its objectives after a determined attack led by Sitting Bull. The other also retreated, and one ambush it encountered resulted in the death of a member of President Ulysses S. Grant's family and the narrow escape of the railroad's lead engineer. The previously unpublished documents that Lubetkin has collected and annotated also tell a parallel story: that of the dire consequences of the railroad's problems for the country. When the Northern Pacific's expansion plans were thwarted, the nation's largest private banking house failed, leading to the Panic of 1873. The fighting brought Sitting Bull to national attention and led directly to George Armstrong Custer's transfer to the Department of Dakota. Vivid eyewitness accounts reveal the failures of alcoholic army commanders and show personal encounters between soldiers and Indians, among them the formidable Lakota warrior known as Gall. Lubetkin tells of a little-known but crucial episode in the history of westward expansion and Native peoples' efforts to halt that expansion
Road to war : the 1871 Yellowstone surveys by Robert M Senkewicz( Book )

5 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A collection of previously unpublished primary sources, including diaries, letters, reports, and newspaper articles, related to the 1871 expedition to survey the Yellowstone River for the construction of the Northern Pacific Railroad."--Provided by publisher
Union College's class of 1868 : the unique experiences of some average Americans by M. John Lubetkin( Book )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Custer's gold by M. John Lubetkin( Book )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Lubetkin's novel carries the reader through a richly detailed world of railroad surveyors and military escorts establishing the route of the Northern Pacific along the Yellowstone River in the early 1870s. Fierce Sioux oppose their work. This clash might furnish excitement enough, but Custer's Gold has a more sinister underlying plot: recovering buried treasure from a spectacular bank robbery. Since the larger-than-life Custer is on the scene, he naturally gets involved. Suspense about whether the gold will be unearthed, and who will get it, is maintained until the end in this historically accurate and gripping adventure
The forgotten Yellowstone surveying expeditions of 1871 : W. Milnor Roberts and the Northern Pacific Railroad in Montana by M. John Lubetkin( )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

"Twenty-six feet and no bottom" : constructing the Northern Pacific Railroad by M. John Lubetkin( )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Captain Javan B. Irvine and the 1871 Eastern Yellowstone Surveying Expedition by M. John Lubetkin( )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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Jay Cooke's gamble : the Northern Pacific Railroad, the Sioux, and the Panic of 1873
Alternative Names
Lubetkin, M. John 1937-

Lubetkin, Michael John

Michael John Lubetkin

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