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    DescriptionNOTHING LIKE IT IN THE WORLD is the story of the men who built the transcontinental railroad -- the 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 labourers who did the backbreaking and dangerous work on the tracks. The US government pitted two companies -- the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific Railroads -- against 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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    Nothing Like it in the World
    The Men Who Built the Railway That United America
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Stephen E. Ambrose
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    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 432
    Width: 124 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 32 mm
    Weight: 358 g
    ISBN 13: 9781416511427
    ISBN 10: 1416511423

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    Publication date
    05 September 2005
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Stephen E. Ambrose, leading World War II historian, was the author of numerous books on history including the Number 1 bestselling BAND OF BROTHERS, D-DAY (on which SAVING PRIVATE RYAN was based) PEGASUS BRIDGE and WILD BLUE. He is founder of the Eisenhower Center and the National D-Day Museum in New Orleans. He died in 2002.