Book ID: CBB760882878

John H. Burdakin: Railroader (2015)


Hofsommer, Don L. (Author)

Michigan State University Press

Publication Date: 2015
Physical Details: ix + 110
Language: English

Genuinely talented and successful managers in any field—business, government, military, academia—are scarce. John Howard Burdakin was a happy exception to the norm. This engaging biography examines Burdakin’s life in the railroad industry—at Pennsylvania Railroad, Penn Central, and finally at Grand Trunk Corporation—during a tumultuous time in the transportation business and underscores his core principles and how he employed them in the management of people and property. Some contemporary observers may consider Burdakin’s often conservative style as quite out of date, but a more sober assessment reveals that his approach has utility in any time and in any field. An excellent resource for leadership professionals, this study focuses on Burdakin’s career in management, ever stressing his foundational convictions—how he came by them, how he employed those principles as a manager, and how they were understood by those who worked for him or with him. Through teamwork, trust, hard work, honesty, diligence, and integrity, Burdakin would become respected as one of the railroad industry’s brightest guiding lights.

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Review Kevin P. Keefe (Fall-Winter 2016) Review of "John H. Burdakin: Railroader". Railroad History (pp. 108-109). unapi

Review Thomas C. Cornillie (December 2017) Review of "John H. Burdakin and the Grand Trunk Western Railroad". The Journal of Transport History (pp. 294-297). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Hofsommer, Don L.
Fry, Nick
Goldfeder, Ron
Prophet, John M., III
Chuck Blardone
Young, Christopher J., Jr
Railroad History
Indiana University Press
Michigan State University Press
Morning Sun Books
Pennsylvania Railroad Technical and Historical Society
West Jersey Chapter, National Railway Historical Society, Inc.
Land transportation
Management; administration
Photography of railroads
Business history
Burdakin, John H.
Prophet, John M., III
Bailey, John Henry (1818-1890)
United States
Michigan (U.S.)
Union Station (Washington, D.C.)
New Jersey (U.S.)
Philadelphia, PA
20th century
19th century
21st century
Pennsylvania Railroad
Grand Trunk Western Railway Company
Penn Central Transportation Company
Baltimore and Ohio Railroad
New York Central Railway

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