Nothing Like it in the World
The men who built the Transcontinental Railroad
Stephen E. Ambrose
This 431 page soft cover book is in Very Good condition. Tanning pages. No writing, torn or folded pages. No spine or cover creases, minor bumps to corners.
Nothing Like it in the World: 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.