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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
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 15 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 18 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 23 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 on August 15, 2013 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 on July 7, 2013 by Jean Boorujy