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

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Author: Stephen E. Ambrose

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.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published: 11/06/2001
Pages: 432
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 1.08lbs
Size: 9.25h x 6.22w x 1.09d
ISBN: 9780743203173

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 8.5
Point Value: 28
Interest Level: Upper Grade
Quiz #/Name: 54436 / Nothing Like It in the World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad 1863-1869

Review Citation(s):
New York Times 11/25/2001 pg. 32
New York Times 12/02/2001 pg. 89

About the Author
Ambrose, Stephen E.: - "Stephen E. Ambrose was a renowned historian and acclaimed author of more than thirty books. Among his New York Times bestsellers are Nothing Like It in the World, Citizen Soldiers, Band of Brothers, D-Day - June 6, 1944, and Undaunted Courage. Dr. Ambrose was a retired Boyd Professor of History at the University of New Orleans and a contributing editor for the Quarterly Journal of Military History."

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