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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.
The story of the Panama Canal is complex, full of heroes, villains, and victims. McCullough's long, richly detailed, and eminently literate book pays homage to an immense undertaking. --Gregory McNamee
Lots of history and facts. I liked it, but I like history. It gets a little bogged down
in the last half of book. it is very fascinating reading.
While I love David McCullough's books, I found this one rather dry. For a non-engineering person I found much of the technical information difficult to follow. Read morePublished 1 day ago by dhk66
Very well written and engaging to the end. This book fills in the details of the great age of industrial adventure.Published 1 day ago by Corie
Fascinating account of the building of the Panama Canal starting from the 1870's when the French government first examined the possibilities and then actually started digging. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Ezra Josef
this story is amazing. Filled with great stories of building the Panama Canal.Published 4 days ago by JOHN A. MIKULSKI
I have recommended this book to many people. You don't have to be male or an engineer to enjoy this incredible undertaking brought to life by McCullough's storytelling expertise. Read morePublished 5 days ago by nbs
A fabulous telling of a great piece of humanities ultimate triumph in the making of a smaller world through human resourcefulnessPublished 6 days ago by G. MASON