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Nothing Like It In the World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental… (2000)

de Stephen E. Ambrose

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Nothing Like It in the World gives 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.… (més)
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Good read about the building of the US trans-continental railroad from 1864-1869. Ambrose knows how to propel a popular history, and he doesn't disappoint here. The railroad was a tremendous achievement, and the book really educated me about the scale of it and how transformative it was- it's amazing to think about how in 1800 travel was essentially no different than it had been in Roman times, and by a few years later the world was totally different.
I would have liked more and better maps- maybe it was hard for me because I don't know the geography of the West very well. And there are so many characters in the book that it's hard to keep them all straight.
But overall I liked it a lot. ( )
  DanTarlin | Jan 8, 2022 |
Somewhat tedious, but I did learn some interesting facts about the railroad's construction. Ambrose laid heaps of praise on Brigham Young and the Mormons when in fact, Young and his slaves didn't contribute much to the construction. He likewise states about Brigham, "He was a man noted for his firmness, intelligence, fairness, decisiveness, good looks , and ability to put the long-term interests of those in his charge ahead of their short-term gain." This is utter nonsense. Brigham Young was a traitor, a sex-trafficker, and a murderer. He abused all those under his fold to his personal gain. Mr. Ambrose needs to do more research on who Brigham Young really was. ( )
  E.Loveless1838 | Nov 20, 2021 |
nonfiction/socio-political, history
Stephen Ambrose shows no empathy for the Indians and barely any for the Chinese, so this history is more incomplete than I'd have liked, but the overall history was interesting. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
An informative book on one of the most important achievements that was attained in the United States. Although the author is repetitive at times, overall the book is an enjoyable read.

I particularly enjoyed the 30+ pages of photographs included.

The book includes a bibliography and a fine index.

Persons interested in the development and growth of railroads in the United States may find this book to be of value. ( )
  SCRH | Dec 1, 2020 |
A bit repetitive, but very informative of the inner workings of government and big business.
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  LindaLeeJacobs | Feb 15, 2020 |
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Next to winning the Civil War and abolishing slavery, building the first transcontinental railroad, from Omaha, Nebraska, to Sacramento, California, was the greatest achievement of the American people in the nineteenth century.
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Nothing Like It in the World gives 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.

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