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Nothing Like It in the World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad 1863–1869
 
 
Author
Stephen E. Ambrose.
Publisher Simon & Schuster  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.1 x 1.15 inches
ISBN 9780743203173
Pages/Publication Date 431/2005
Daedalus Item Code 23129
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The author of Citizen Soldiers and D-Day chronicles an unprecedented feat of engineering, peopled with investors, politicians, engineers, and surveyors as well as countless Chinese, Irish, and former Confederate laborers. To accelerate the building of a transcontinental railroad, 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, and in Stephen Ambrose's prose this massive enterprise comes vibrantly to life.

"Richly readable ... [the author] bears the reader on shoulders of wonder and excitement."—NYTBR

 
 
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