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

Stephen E. Ambrose


Nothing love it within the World provides the account of an unheard of feat of engineering, imaginative and prescient, and braveness. it's the tale of the boys who outfitted the transcontinental railroad—the traders who risked their companies and cash; the enlightened politicians who understood its value; the engineers and surveyors who risked, and infrequently misplaced, their lives; and the Irish and chinese language immigrants, the defeated accomplice squaddies, and the opposite employees who did the backbreaking and hazardous paintings at the tracks.

The U.S. executive pitted companies—the Union Pacific and the primary Pacific Railroads—against one another in a race for investment, encouraging pace over warning. Locomotives, rails, and spikes have been shipped from the East via Panama or round South the United States to the West or lugged around the kingdom to the Plains. In Ambrose's arms, this firm, with its large expenditure of brainpower, muscle, and sweat, comes vibrantly to lifestyles.

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