Nothing Like it in the World: The Men Who Built the Railway That United America

Nothing Like it in the World: The Men Who Built the Railway That United America

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By (author) Stephen E. Ambrose

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  • Publisher: POCKET BOOKS
  • Format: Paperback | 432 pages
  • Dimensions: 124mm x 198mm x 32mm | 358g
  • Publication date: 5 September 2005
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1416511423
  • ISBN 13: 9781416511427
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations , maps, ports.
  • Sales rank: 329,890

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NOTHING 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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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.