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On the drizzly evening of February 6, 1951, the Pennsylvania Railroad commuter train known as “The Broker” derailed in Woodbridge, New Jersey, killing 85 and injuring hundreds in what remains the deadliest railroad accident in the state’s history. What happened was obvious; why it happened was another story...

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Communities all along the Jersey Shore were shaken by the sudden and violent loss of family and friends as tales of tragedy and heroism emerged from the muddy embankment along Woodbridge Township's gritty working class Fulton Street neighborhood. Next would come the investigations that would take a deep dive into the workings of a company that billed itself as "The Standard Railroad of the World."

Drawn from contemporary accounts, investigation transcripts, and recent interviews with those whose lives were forever changed, Gordon Bond's book MAN FAILURE puts the reader at the center of the story—from the gripping human dramas of survivors, rescuers, and families who lost loved ones, to the controversies surrounding the investigations trying to get to the bottom of a tragedy that still haunts those who experienced it.

First published in 2017, this 2021 Second Edition includes an appendix of new stories and photos shared with Gordon Bond after the first edition had been published—many of which has never before been seen by the public!

Second Edition published by Garden State Legacy, 2021
ISBN 978-0-578-92919-4

$30.00 each plus $8.00 shipping and handling (1-2 books) and 6.625% NJ state sales tax
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Appendix C

If you already bought the 2017 First Edition of "Man Failure" but would still like to read the new material added to the 2021 Second Edition, Appendix C is available on its own!

Appendix C was added to the second edition and includes corrections to the first edition as well as stories and photos shared with Gordon Bond after the 2017 first edition had been published. Some of this material has never before been available to the public, including rare photographs!

Published by Garden State Legacy, 2021

$10.00 each plus $8.00 shipping and handling (1-5 books) and 6.625% NJ state sales tax
You can use the PayPal button below or mail a check to:
Garden State Legacy
375 Mt. Prospect Ave., 7C
Newark, NJ 07014

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Program Available!

"Man Failure" author, Gordon Bond, is available for in-person* and virtual presentations about his book for history groups, libraries, civic groups, etc. 

* Availability for in-person programs dependent on the Covid-19 situation at the time. Gordon Bond reserves the right to cancel in-person events at any time if he does not feel that the situation is safe or compliant with necessary protocols.

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