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

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  • Nothing Like It in the World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad 1865-1869 (Simon & Schuster) – Hardcover (2000)
    by Professor Stephen E Ambrose

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

    Hardcover, Simon & Schuster
    2000
    English
    432 pages

    ISBN: 0684846098
    ISBN-13: 9780684846095

    The Union had won the Civil War; slavery was abolished. Lincoln, an early champion of railroads, would not live to see the next great achievment. It took brains, muscle, and sweat in quantities and scope never before ventured and required engineers and surveyors willing to lose their lives in the wilderness; men who had commanded and obeyed in war; workers from China, Ireland, and the defeated South; and capitalists betting their money for possible profit. The government pitted the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific ... Show more

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

Overall customer rating: 4.667
Carole W
by Carole W on Jan 24, 2013

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

Ralph J T

railroad history for summer reading

by Ralph J T on Jul 19, 2012

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.

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thac

mind blowing

by thac on Apr 8, 2011

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

Carolyn C
by Carolyn C on Jan 20, 2011

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.

Robert K

Railroad history

by Robert K on Dec 2, 2010

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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