Never Victorious Never Defeated Author:Taylor Caldwell This is the story of the Interstate, a railroad founded in the latter days of Jackson's presidency, which grew through one hundred stormy, changeful years of our history into a vast enterprise; and the story of the extraordinary family with whom its fortunes were intertwined, the deWitts. — It is 1866. In the small Pennsylvania city of Portersvil... more »le, headquarters of the Interstate, old Aaron deWitt watches enigmatically as his two sons struggle for control of the railroad he founded. There is Stephen, retiring, idealistic, quietly capable, and his younger brother Rufus, arrogant and flamboyant, certain that he will be his father's choice. The fatal splitting of the deWitt dynasty has begun...and within a few months it is intensified by the birth of two children--Laura, taken from the dying body of Stephen's young wife, and Cornelia, as redheaded and determined as her father Rufus. Then Aaron dies, leaving control of his empire not to Rufus, but to the grief-stricken, broken Stephen.
Four successive generations war over the sprawling Interstate.« less