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    Conquering Gotham: A Gilded Age Epic: the Construction of Penn Station and Its Tunnels (CD-Audio) By (author) Jill Jonnes, Narrator David Drummond

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    DescriptionThe demolition of Penn Station in 1963 destroyed not just a soaring neoclassical edifice but also a building that commemorated one of the last century's great engineering feats--the construction of railroad tunnels into New York City. Now, in this gripping narrative, Jill Jonnes tells this fascinating story--a high-stakes drama that pitted the money and will of the nation's mightiest railroad against the corruption of Tammany Hall, the unruly forces of nature, and the machinations of labor agitators. In 1901, the president of the Pennsylvania Railroad, Alexander Cassatt, determined that it was technically feasible to build a system of tunnels connecting Manhattan to New Jersey and Long Island. Confronted by payoff-hungry politicians, brutal underground working conditions, and disastrous blowouts and explosions, it would take him nearly a decade to make Penn Station and its tunnels a reality. Set against the bustling backdrop of Gilded Age New York, "Conquering Gotham" will enthrall fans of David McCullough's "The Great Bridge" and Ron Chernow's "Titan."

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    Conquering Gotham
    A Gilded Age Epic: the Construction of Penn Station and Its Tunnels
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jill Jonnes, Narrator David Drummond
    Physical properties
    Format: CD-Audio
    Width: 135 mm
    Height: 190 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 72 g
    ISBN 13: 9781400154364
    ISBN 10: 1400154367

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: HIS
    B&T Merchandise Category: AUD
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.0
    BIC subject category V2: HB
    B&T General Subject: 430
    BISAC V2.8: TRA004010
    Ingram Theme: LOCL/NYNEWY
    Ingram Subject Code: JV
    Libri: I-JV
    BISAC V2.8: HIS036080
    DC22: 385.31409747
    DC21: 385.31409747
    BISAC V2.8: HIS036060
    DC22: 385.3/14097471
    LC subject heading: , ,
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 54350
    LC classification: TF302.N7 J66 2007C
    Thema V1.0: NH, WGF, WQH
    Edition statement
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Imprint name
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Publication date
    28 May 2007
    Publication City/Country
    Old Saybrook, CT
    Author Information
    Jill Jonnes is a historian and the author of "Empires of Light: Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse and the Race to Electrify the World." David Drummond has been narrating audiobooks for a few years now and hopes one of these days to get it right. He much prefers dead authors and live audiences.
    Review quote
    ""David Drummond's voice deserves five stars.... The author's skill and a narrator perfect for nonfiction will delight lovers of true stories from the past."" ---AudioFile