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Nothing Like it in the World : The Men that Built the Transcontinental Railroad - Stephen E. Ambrose

Nothing Like it in the World

The Men that Built the Transcontinental Railroad

Paperback Published: 1st November 2001
ISBN: 9780743203173
Number Of Pages: 432

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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 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 laborers who did the backbreaking and dangerous work on the tracks.

The U.S. 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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Richly readable...[Stephen Ambrose] bears the reader on shoulders of wonder and excitement.--Henry Kisor "The New York Times Book Review " This magnificent tale of high finance, low finagling, and workers hacking through 2,000 miles is magnificently told.--Time, naming Nothing Like It in the World as the #1 Nonfiction Book of the Year Climb aboard...this lively tale, a colorful, edifying story of U.S. history....Ambrose is the bard of American accomplishment.--Conn Nugent "New York Post " Stephen Ambrose has done it again....Ambrose should be read as much for his muscular prose and talent to get at the heart of the matter as for his research.--Bob Minzesheimer, USA Today Historian

Introductionp. 17
Picking the Route 1830-1860p. 23
Getting to California 1848-1859p. 42
The Birth of the Central Pacific 1860-1862p. 63
The Birth of the Union Pacific 1862-1864p. 83
Judah and the Elephant 1862-1864p. 101
Laying Out the Union Pacific Line 1864-1865p. 125
The Central Pacific Attacks the Sierra Nevada 1865p. 145
The Union Pacific Across Nebraska 1866p. 167
The Central Pacific Assaults the Sierra 1866p. 193
The Union Pacific to the Rocky Mountains 1867p. 207
The Central Pacific Penetrates the Summit 1867p. 230
The Union Pacific Across Wyoming 1868p. 249
Brigham Young and the Mormons Make the Grade 1868p. 278
The Central Pacific Goes Through Nevada 1868p. 297
The Railroads Race into Utah January 1-April 10, 1869p. 318
To the Summit April 11-May 7, 1869p. 341
Done May 8-10, 1869p. 356
Epiloguep. 369
Notesp. 383
Bibliographyp. 407
Indexp. 413
From Chicago to Omahap. 126
Nebraskap. 168
Wyomingp. 251
Nevadap. 299
Utahp. 319
Californiap. 343
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ISBN: 9780743203173
ISBN-10: 0743203178
Series: Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad, 1865-69
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 1st November 2001
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 1