Nothing Like It In the World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad 1863-1869

Nothing Like It In the World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad 1863-1869 Author Stephen E. Ambrose
ISBN-10 0743203178
ISBN-13 9780743203173
Year 2001-11-06
Pages 432
Language English
Publisher Simon & Schuster
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Nothing Like It in the World gives the account of an unprecedented feat of engineering vision and courage It is the story of the men who built the transcontinental railroadthe investors who risked their businesses and money the enlightened politicians who understood its importance the engineers and surveyors who risked and sometimes lost their lives and the Irish and Chinese immigrants the defeated Confederate soldiers and the other laborers who did the backbreaking and dangerous work on the tracks The U S government pitted two companiesthe Union Pacific and the Central Pacific Railroadsagainst each other in a race for funding encouraging speed over caution Locomotives rails and spikes were shipped from the East through Panama or around South America to the West or lugged across the country to the Plains In Ambrose s hands this enterprise with its huge expenditure of brainpower muscle and sweat comes vibrantly to life

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