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Grand Central's Engineer (The Johns Hopkins University Studies in Historical and Political Science) by [Schlichting, Kurt C.]
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"Schlichting's new book is a stellar example of the importance of university presses. It profiles the chief engineer of the New York Central Railroad, the man 'who first presented his revolutionary plans for a completely new Grand Central'... Wilgus would continue to languish in obscurity had not Johns Hopkins University Press chosen to showcase him by printing his biography."

(Steve Goddard History Wire - Where the Past Comes Alive)

"Schlichting is very good at providing the economic and political context for Wilgus's work... A very well-researched, well-organized, well-written account. Highly recommended."

(Choice)

"The single best analysis we have of freight transportation in an early twentieth-century U.S. city."

(Clifton Hood Journal of American History)

"Reconsidering accomplishments―and those who accomplished them―that predate our collective living memories is an important and rewarding exercise, especially when done as well as Grand Central’s Engineer, which celebrates William J. Wilgus both for his pioneering and visionary work on the terminal and for his subsequent work in transportation planning."

(Ray Bert Civil Engineering)

"Schlichting does more than revive the reputation and importance of William Wilgus; he also provides a fascinating, well-researched, and important case study for how expertise and rational, comprehensive planning was necessary to solve the problems of the modern City."

(Joshua A. Britton Journal of Urban History)

From the Back Cover

Few people have had as profound an effect on the history of New York City as William J. Wilgus. As chief engineer of the New York Central Railroad, Wilgus conceived Grand Central Terminal, the magnificent monument to America’s Railway Age. Kurt C. Schlichting examines the remarkable career of this innovator, revealing how his tireless work moving people and goods over and under Manhattan Island’s surrounding waterways forever changed New York’s bustling transportation system.

After his herculean efforts on behalf of Grand Central, the most complicated construction project in New York City’s history, Wilgus turned to solving the city’s transportation quandary: Manhattan―the financial, commercial, and cultural hub of the United States in the twentieth century―was separated from the mainland by major rivers to the west and east, a deep-water estuary to the south, and the Harlem River to the north. Wilgus believed that railroads and mass transportation provided the answer to New York City’s complicated geography.

Schlichting’s deep respect for Wilgus and his engineering achievements becomes evident in the pages of this fascinating work. Wilgus was a true pioneer, and Schlichting ensures that his brilliant contributions to New York City’s transportation system will not be forgotten.

"The single best analysis we have of freight transportation in an early twentieth-century U.S. city."― Journal of American History

"Reconsidering accomplishments―and those who accomplished them―that predate our collective living memories is an important and rewarding exercise, especially when done as well as Grand Central’s Engineer, which celebrates William J. Wilgus both for his pioneering and visionary work on the terminal and for his subsequent work in transportation planning."― Civil Engineering

"Schlichting is very good at providing the economic and political context for Wilgus's work... A very well-researched, well-organized, well-written account. Highly recommended."― Choice


Product details

  • File Size: 9396 KB
  • Print Length: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press (March 12, 2012)
  • Publication Date: March 12, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007ITET30
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