Nothing Like It In The World Lp: The Men Who Built The Transcontinental Railroad 18631869 (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 15, 2010 - History - 704 pages
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In this account of an unprecedented feat of engineering, vision, and courage, Stephen E. Ambrose offers a historical successor to his universally acclaimed Undaunted Courage, which recounted the explorations of the West by Lewis and Clark. Nothing Like It in the World 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 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. Ambrose writes with power and eloquence about the brave men -- the famous and the unheralded, ordinary men doing the extraordinary -- who accomplished the spectacular feat that made the continent into a nation.
  

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I had absolutely no interest in railroads or trains before reading this book. If I even had the slightest interest, this book would have received more stars. Stephen Ambrose did a dang good job of ... Read full review

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My Irish ancestors made their way to Iowa working on the railroads, and I have had a fascination with trains since I was less than two years old. I grew up just a few blocks away from the Lincoln ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
21
Getting to California
62
The Birth of the Central
97
The Birth of the Union
129
judah and the elephant
159
Laying Out the Union Pacific
199
The Central Pacific Attacks
232
The Union Pacific Across
268
The Union Pacific Across
404
Brigham Young and the Mormons
452
The Central Pacific Goes
484
The Railroads Race into Utah
518
To the Summit
556
Done May 810 1869
580
Epilogue
602
Notes
625

The Central Pacific Assaults
310
The Union Pacific to
334
The Central Pacific
373

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About the author (2010)

Dr. Stephen Ambrose was a renowned historian and acclaimed author of more than thirty books. Among his New York Times bestsellers are Nothing Like It in the World, Citizen Soldiers, Band of Brothers, D-Day - June 6, 1944, and Undaunted Courage. Dr. Ambrose was a retired Boyd Professor of History at the University of New Orleans and a contributing editor for the Quarterly Journal of Military History. He also participated in numerous national television programs, including shows appearing on the History Channel and National Geographic.

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