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Viewing Entry - Nothing like it in the world (E13623)
by Ambrose, Stephen E.

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Playing time for epub/audio formats : 18 hours 57 minutes


TitleNothing like it in the world : the men who built the transcontinental railroad, 1863-1869
Author / Responsible partyAmbrose, Stephen E.
TopicsHistory. Union Pacific Railroad Company -- History. Central Pacific Railroad Company -- History. Railroads -- United States -- History -- 19th century. Railroad construction workers -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Intended AudienceAdult
PublisherVisAbility Ltd.


"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' hands, this enterprise, with its huge expenditure of brainpower, muscle, and sweat, comes vibrantly to life.

Additional Information

System control numberE13623
Original Print PublisherNew York : Pocket Books/Simon & Schuster Inc., 2000
Narrator NameNarrated by Joan Scafe and Recorded by John Smith.
Participant or performer noteNarrated by Joan Scafe and Recorded by John Smith.
Narrators GenderFemale narrator