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The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal 1870-1914 (1977 original; edició 2004)

de David McCullough

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The National Book Award-winning epic chronicle of the creation of the Panama Canal, a first-rate drama of the bold and brilliant engineering feat that was filled with both tragedy and triumph, told by master historian David McCullough. From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Truman, here is the national bestselling epic chronicle of the creation of the Panama Canal. In The Path Between the Seas, acclaimed historian David McCullough delivers a first-rate drama of the sweeping human undertaking that led to the creation of this grand enterprise. The Path Between the Seas tells the story of the men and women who fought against all odds to fulfill the 400-year-old dream of constructing an aquatic passageway between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. It is a story of astonishing engineering feats, tremendous medical accomplishments, political power plays, heroic successes, and tragic failures. Applying his remarkable gift for writing lucid, lively exposition, McCullough weaves the many strands of the momentous event into a comprehensive and captivating tale. Winner of the National Book Award for history, the Francis Parkman Prize, the Samuel Eliot Morison Award, and the Cornelius Ryan Award (for the best book of the year on international affairs), The Path Between the Seas is a must-read for anyone interested in American history, the history of technology, international intrigue, and human drama.… (més)
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Títol:The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal 1870-1914
Autors:David McCullough
Informació:Simon & Schuster (2004), Edition: Classic Edition, Hardcover, 704 pages
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The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914 de David McCullough (1977)

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VERY long but a wonderful history and well worth the time. In preparation for our trip to Panama/Costa Rica. ( )
  mlhershey | Feb 14, 2021 |
Soooo long. Mr. McCullough gives me the impression that he's incapable of deciding which bits are important from a narrative standpoint. ( )
  fionaanne | Nov 19, 2020 |
As with ever book I've ever read by David McCullough, this is the way history should be written and taught, a flowing, immersive narrative that puts the reader in the time and places described. Having stumbled my way through public school, I never really knew much about the Panama Canal except the we Americans did it – and we did – but little more. It was, I must admit, a little more detail regarding the French "connection" in the late 1800s than I wanted, but the complete picture demanded it. Four and a half stars for this wonderful read. ( )
  Renzomalo | Sep 9, 2020 |
Written in 1976, this is the excellent story of the building of the Panama Canal - both the French attempt and the American success. It starts in 1870 with the French forming a company to build a canal across the Isthmus. First, they had to determine the best location and eventually settled on Panama. After their attempt failed, the United States bought out the company and the rights to the land and in the process, created the country of Panama. After 7 years of incredible work, the canal was opened. Along the way they eradicated yellow fever and malaria from the canal zone (only), moved millions of cubic yards of rock and soil and created the largest artificial lake of it's time. The book flows very well, with excellent detail about the personalities and politics involved. It is not overly technical, but McCullough is clearly impressed with the engineering feat of building the canal. At no time was this a slow read, even when describing the fund raising or politics. Really excellent. ( )
  Karlstar | Aug 2, 2020 |
On December 31, 1999, after nearly a century of rule, the United States officially ceded ownership of the Panama Canal to the nation of Panama. That nation did not exist when, in the mid-19th century, Europeans first began to explore the possibilities of creating a link between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans through the narrow but mountainous isthmus; Panama was then a remote and overlooked part of Colombia.
All that changed, writes David McCullough in his magisterial history of the Canal, in 1848, when prospectors struck gold in California. A wave of fortune seekers descended on Panama from Europe and the eastern United States, seeking quick passage on California-bound ships in the Pacific, and the Panama Railroad, built to serve that traffic, was soon the highest-priced stock listed on the New York Exchange.
To build a 51-mile-long ship canal to replace that railroad seemed an easy matter to some investors. But, as McCullough notes, the construction project came to involve the efforts of thousands of workers from many nations over four decades; eventually those workers, laboring in oppressive heat in a vast malarial swamp, removed enough soil and rock to build a pyramid a mile high. In the early years, they toiled under the direction of French entrepreneur Ferdinand de Lesseps, who went bankrupt while pursuing his dream of extending France's empire in the Americas.
The United States then entered the picture, with President Theodore Roosevelt orchestrating the purchase of the canal—but not before helping foment a revolution that removed Panama from Colombian rule and placed it squarely in the American camp.
  MasseyLibrary | May 24, 2020 |
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The creation of the Panama Canal was far more than a vast, unprecedented feat of engineering. (Preface)
The letter, several pages in length and signed by the Secretary of the Navy George M. Robeson, was addressed to Commander Thomas O. Selfridge.
Among those who were profoundly stirred by the opening of the canal in August 1914 were Charles de Lesseps and Admirals Alfred Thayer Mahan and Thomas Oliver Selfridge, all three quietly retired, but each still very much alive. (Afterword)
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The National Book Award-winning epic chronicle of the creation of the Panama Canal, a first-rate drama of the bold and brilliant engineering feat that was filled with both tragedy and triumph, told by master historian David McCullough. From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Truman, here is the national bestselling epic chronicle of the creation of the Panama Canal. In The Path Between the Seas, acclaimed historian David McCullough delivers a first-rate drama of the sweeping human undertaking that led to the creation of this grand enterprise. The Path Between the Seas tells the story of the men and women who fought against all odds to fulfill the 400-year-old dream of constructing an aquatic passageway between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. It is a story of astonishing engineering feats, tremendous medical accomplishments, political power plays, heroic successes, and tragic failures. Applying his remarkable gift for writing lucid, lively exposition, McCullough weaves the many strands of the momentous event into a comprehensive and captivating tale. Winner of the National Book Award for history, the Francis Parkman Prize, the Samuel Eliot Morison Award, and the Cornelius Ryan Award (for the best book of the year on international affairs), The Path Between the Seas is a must-read for anyone interested in American history, the history of technology, international intrigue, and human drama.

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