Jim McNiven has been working on the last few chapters of The Yankee Road Volume 3, the final installment in the road trip series. The last volume will bring us to Newport, Oregon, and close out the coast-to-coast trip across Highway 20. Stay tuned for more on the upcoming publication of Volume 3. In the meantime, grab your copies of The Yankee Road: Tracing the Journey of the New England Tribe that Created Modern America, Volume 1 and 2, in paperback or electronic version by visiting the Buy Now section of this website. Don’t forget, you can also find us at The Yankee Road on Facebook and Twitter. Want an email update when Volume 3 is available? Contact Jim McNiven to be added to the mailing list.
The Yankee Road, Volume 2: Domination was released in April 2018. The second Yankee Road installment features the rise of the petroleum industry and the battle between JD Rockefeller and Ida Tarbell over the nature of building a national near-monopoly in that industry. One of Rockefeller’s closest associates left the company and Henry Flagler devoted his time to pushing the development of the tourist industry in Florida. Every fan of western movies knows of the ‘Butterfield stage’, but the reality is a bit different. John Butterfield never put his name on a stagecoach. Then there is the story of express services, with William F. Harnden pioneering express services carrying packages between cities (shades of FedEx and UPS) only to be succeeded by Henry Wells, William Fargo and John Butterfield when they created American Express and Wells Fargo. These are both financial institutions now, but began by carrying packages. You can read about Mary Gove and Ellen White while you have your breakfast corn flakes, compliments of John and Will Kellogg. Then, hop into your Buick, Ford or Jeep, compliments of Billy Durant, Henry Ford and John Willys and off you go to a State or an A&M College, compliments of Justin Morrill. Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse powered and lit your cellphone and Octave Chanute and his friends, Wilbur and Orville Wright, helped you fly off to that Florida vacation. Then, there are JP Morgan and Judge Elbert Gary, who revolutionized corporate finance and especially, the steel industry. Truly a dominant cast of characters. Even if a couple are not Yankees, they’re worthy of a mention here.
The cover of The Yankee Road Volume 2: Domination features new artwork by Marvel Comics artist Steve McNiven. McNiven’s original take on iconic Uncle Sam, seen hitchhiking along a New England section of Highway 20, appears on the cover of Volume 1. The cover of Volume 2 reflects the birth of the American auto industry. Can you identify the car Uncle Sam is driving?
To read the full review of The Yankee Road, Volume 1: Expansion by Wheatmark president Sam Henrie, visit http://www.wheatmark.com/books-writers-readers/.