Nothing Like It in the World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad, 1863-1869

Stephen E. Ambrose, Author, Jeffrey de Munn, Read by Simon & Schuster Audio $26 (0p) ISBN 978-0-7435-0643-4
On May 10, 1869, telegraphers sent the word done from Promontory Point, Utah, throughout the nation, signaling the completion of what Walt Whitman referred to as ""the road between Europe and Asia."" The transcontinental railroad, which connected the vast American territories, cut the trip from New York City to San Francisco from many months to seven days. Ambrose's (Undaunted Courage) epic account, diligently and powerfully read by DeMunn, details the incredible mobilization of manpower and financing that was ""the very embodiment of system."" He tells it all with verve: the financial finagling, the impulse to simplify by ""exterminating"" Native Americans, the backbreaking work and the fierce competition between railroad companies that fueled the effort. This gritty, momentous tale of the personalities that pressed across the wild American West with rail and tie celebrates the feat that brought the U.S. into the modern age. Simultaneous release with the S&S hardcover and trade paperback. (Forecasts, July 3). (Aug.)n
Reviewed on: 07/31/2000
Release date: 08/01/2000
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