Nothing Like It In the World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad 1863-1869

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Simon and Schuster, Nov 6, 2001 - Business & Economics - 432 pages
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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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Enjoyed it but probably a bit more detail than I needed on each leg of the two railroads. Still, wonderfully researched and an astounding feat of man overcoming nature! Read full review

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A captivating overview of the near superhuman effort to build a machine that has made the America we know today. Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
17
ONE PICKING THE ROUTE 18301860
23
Two GETTING TO CALIFORNIA 18481859
42
THREE THE BIRTH OF THE CENTRAL PACIFIC
63
FOUR THE BIRTH OF THE UNION PACIFIC
83
FIVE JUDAH AND THE ELEPHANT 18621864 ii
101
Six LAYING OUT THE UNION PACIFIC LINE
125
SEVEN THE CENTRAL PACIFIC ATTACKS THE SIERRA
145
ELEVEN THE CENTRAL PACIFIC PENETRATES
230
TWELVE THE UNION PACIFIC ACROSS
249
THIRTEEN BRIGHAM YOUNG AND THE MORMONS
278
FOURTEEN THE CENTRAL PACIFIC GOES THROUGH
297
FIFTEEN THE RAILROADS RACE INTO UTAH
318
SIXTEEN To THE SUMMIT APRIL IIMAY 7 1869
356
Epilogue
369
Notes
383

EIGHT THE UNION PACIFIC ACROSS NEBRASKA 1866
167
NINE THE CENTRAL PACIFIC ASSAULTS
193
TEN THE UNION PACIFIC TO THE ROCKY
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About the author (2001)

Stephen E.Ambrose is the author of The Wild Blue, Citizen Soldiers, Undaunted Courage, D-Day, and Band of Brothers, as well as biographies of Presidents Eisenhower and Nixon. He is the director emeritus of the Eisenhower Center and founder of The National D-Day Museum in New Orleans. He lives in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, and Helena, Montana.

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