An Amazon Best Book of the Month, February 2014: While reading Doug Most’s The Race Underground: Boston, New York, and the Incredible Rivalry That Built America's First Subway, it quickly becomes apparent that the 19th-century world was a dirty, slow-moving place. Not only were the modern cities of the world filled with horses, they were filled with their excrement, along with all the billowing smoke and caked dirt that modern industry of the time could produce. The Race Underground offers a colorful and informative description of that bygone era. Famous names surface throughout the book--men like Andrew Carnegie, Boss Tweed, and Thomas Edison. But Most ties the story together through two less famous, more essential brothers: Henry Whitney of Boston and William Whitney of New York. When the city of London built the first subway, it might have seemed only a matter of time before one was constructed in a major U.S. city. The truth is much more complicated and fascinating than that. Most shows how getting through government intransigence and payola was as daunting as getting a hole carved through the earth. It was a time when great minds turned themselves toward bettering the world they lived in, but in some ways the past seems all too familiar. --Chris Schluep
Wonderful story that is well written.
Still, these are minor complaints - if you have any interest in American history, especially with an engineering bent, you will enjoy this book.
This is a really good read, chronicling the "race" to build the country's first subway, between the cities of Boston and New York City.
A good story about the history of urban congestion and trying to deal with it. Chronicles big city transportation from horses to horse drawn carriages to electric and to putting... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Melvin C. Shaffer
Good story on the efforts to build subways in New York City and Boston at the end of the 19th Century and the beginning of the 20th Century. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Vince T
I just finished reading this wonderful book. Although I have ridden Boston's subway for years, I never thought of it as much more than a way to get from here to there, often on... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Cody
A very interesting ,factually impressive account of the building of NY and Boston's rapid transit systems. Read morePublished 21 days ago by The Cruiser
Really enjoyed this book. Intrigued to read more about the building of the New York City subways after a visit to the Transit Museum in Brooklyn.Published 1 month ago by Soozi
On page 13 of the photo insert, a caption reads "Motorman James Reed steers out America's first subway car." Really? Read morePublished 1 month ago by Yamalotz
Doug Most’s book, the Race Underground, chronicles the runup to the construction of the New York and Boston subways, as a backdrop to the story of two New England brothers, Henry... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Thomas Paul