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Nothing Like It in the World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad 1865-1869


In this account of an unprecedented feat of engineering, vision, and courage, Ambrose offers a historical successor to his universally acclaimed ... Show synopsis

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  • Jan 24, 2013
    by Carole W

    The book is all I expected, and I am very satisfied.

  • railroad history for summer reading Jul 19, 2012
    by Ralph J T

    Ambrose has repeatedly demonstrated his chops as a distinguished historian, but this is openly
    not distinguished history. It succeeds as what is is--a triumphalist patriotic tale written (at the behest
    of his agent) to be a best seller. Written largely from secondary sources, it is half the length of Bain's masterwork.

    Great fun if you're in a flag-waving mood at the beach.

  • mind blowing Apr 8, 2011
    by thac

    Can't believe that the railroad was built considering the obstacles they had to overcome. Also, gives much credit to the labor of the Chinese even if late.

    Enjoyable read

  • Jan 20, 2011
    by Carolyn C

    Gave this book to my husband for Christmas, he will read it while spending a few weeks in Florida, he's excited about reading it.

  • Railroad history Dec 2, 2010
    by Robert K

    This is a great read! I expected it to be more like a reference book, but Stephen Ambrose has taken the events of the building of the Central and Union Pacific railroads and brought them to life. The involvement of Abraham Lincoln, Gen. William T. Sherman, and others is made clear; the fact that the the transcontinental rail endeavor began during the Civil War, and continued during the migration west is well depicted. Were it not for this time in our history the west would not have been settled quickly, and it is quite possible California and the Northwest could have been lost to foreign invaders.

    I would recommend this book to anyone interested in American history, railroading, or the spirit of making a dream become reality. The best - and worst - of Americans is depicted. It also shows our current economic and political times are not that far removed from 150 years ago - disagreements about the need and how to pay for a national undertaking, greed and corruption, bravado, broken promises, as well as dedication, pride in work, dealing with hardships, and the many other things that make America the nation it is are very well illustrated in this excellent volume!

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