The Race Underground: Boston, New York, and the Incredible Rivalry That Built America's First Subway

The Race Underground: Boston, New York, and the Incredible Rivalry That Built America's First Subway

Doug Most


In the past due 19th century, as towns like Boston and ny grew extra congested, the streets grew to become clogged with plodding, horse-drawn carts. while the nice snowfall of 1888 crippled the total northeast, an answer needed to be came across. brothers from one of many nation's nice families-Henry Melville Whitney of Boston and William Collins Whitney of latest York-pursued the dream of his urban digging America's first subway, and the good race used to be on. the contest among Boston and long island performed out in an period no longer in contrast to our personal, one in all monetary upheaval, life-changing thoughts, category struggle, sour political tensions, and the query of America's position within the world.
The Race Underground is peopled with the recognized, like Boss Tweed, Grover Cleveland and Thomas Edison, and the not-so-famous, from marvelous engineers to the numerous "sandhogs" who shoveled, hoisted and blasted their approach into the earth's crust, occasionally wasting their lives within the development of the tunnels. Doug such a lot chronicles the technological know-how of the subway, seems on the centuries of fears humans overcame approximately touring underground and tells a narrative as intriguing as any ever ripped from the pages of U.S. historical past. The Race Underground is a brilliant American saga of 2 rival American towns, their wealthy, strong and infrequently corrupt pursuits, and an invention that modified the lives of millions.

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