In telling this gripping tale, the author offers a brief history of canals through the ages, explains the foresight exhibited by George Washington and Thomas Jefferson regarding the need for a waterway to the west, and outlines the political wars, financing challenges, and seemingly endless delays and false starts to the project. He also reveals much about the political landscape of early America through his profiles of the personalities and visionaries who devoted their lives to the project, along with the engineers and surveyors, most of whom had little experience designing or constructing a canal of any kind, much less such a massive undertaking. Wedding of the Waters succeeds brilliantly in bringing this rich story to life. --Shawn Carkonen
I would very much recommend it to anyone interested in reading about the economic history of our nation.
It reads easily but has several gross historical and geographical errors which make me wonder about the accuracy of the facts in the rest of the book.
Peter Bernstein's Wedding of the Waters is an excellent history of the Erie Canal, a great technological development in the early 1800s.
The book gives a nice background of how canals in general have affected life as we have it today. Research seems to be good., Easy to read. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Joe Jackson
Quick read about a subject that mattered more to the development of America than most realize. I learned a lot about how the canal contributed to the industrial evolution and... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jared D Witte
I bought this book as a gift for my husband who read about the building of the Panama Canal. He said he has enjoyed reading about the system and strategy for accomplishing such a... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Kathy Parker
A good read about a significant part of American history. The canal was a very important part of westward expansion.Published 15 months ago by HisServant
This book contains history, construction, and the amazing growth of the states. It helps t o have a current map on New York State handy.Published 16 months ago by Jean Boorujy
Tedious reading though a wonderful story which kept me going. At half the length it would be a jewel. Perhaps he will do a rewrite and remove the modern political cant. Read morePublished 17 months ago by D. Brown
The Erie Canal was the first "grand project" of the American republic, paving the way for other monumental national engineering achievements, from the transcontinental railroad and... Read morePublished 18 months ago by T. Graczewski
Puts the history of the Erie canal into a complete perspective of the life and times of the country and New York in particular. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Robert E. Howes