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NOTHING LIKE IT IN THE WORLD: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad, 1863-1869

Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

Acclaimed historian Ambrose (Comrades, 1999, etc.) takes on one of the biggest and most influential engineering projects in American history—the building of the transcontinental railroad. Ambrose begins his tale with the fascinating "bureaucratic" history of the railroad—the struggles to gain a federal mandate for the construction of the road and to fix starting points for it at a time when ... Read full review

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Great Information.

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Brilliantly insightful of "how" to build massive infrastructure projects in times with conflicting demands for resources. It is a handbook for how we can re-tool to power transportation within a solar budget by 2020.

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Review: Nothing Like it in the World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad 1863-69

User Review  - Liam Day - Goodreads

The story itself is enough to recommend the book, but only barely. The writing is poor and the editing worse. Mr. Ambrose seems unfamiliar with the material he is covering and so the book reads for ... Read full review

Review: Nothing Like it in the World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad 1863-69

User Review  - Baco - Goodreads

Really, really interesting subject matter, but the writing doesn't do it justice. I came away with the impression that many of Ambrose's sources were secondary, and he rarely went into the depth that ... Read full review

Review: Nothing Like it in the World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad 1863-69

User Review  - Christine Boyer - Goodreads

I'll start out by saying I only got up to page 70. Keep that in mind with my review. In 1997 "Undaunted Courage" came out. I read it, and fell in love with Lewis & Clark and Stephen Ambrose. He wrote ... Read full review

Review: Nothing Like it in the World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad 1863-69

User Review  - Chris K - Goodreads

Good, not great. Would recommend for those with an interest in this piece of American history. Read full review

Review: Nothing Like it in the World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad 1863-69

User Review  - Scott Schneider - Goodreads

The transcontinental railroad transformed America. Prior it took months of traveling by wagon train or boat through Panama to get across the country and after it took less than a week. They said the ... Read full review

Review: Nothing Like it in the World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad 1863-69

User Review  - Stacey - Goodreads

I enjoy reading about American History and had never read anything about the building of the transcontinental railroad. I hadn't realized that Lincoln had helped get the project started during the ... Read full review

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