- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1st edition (November 6, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0743203178
- ISBN-13: 978-0743203173
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 443 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Nothing Like It In the World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad 1863-1869 Paperback – November 6, 2001
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Richly readable...[Stephen Ambrose] bears the reader on shoulders of wonder and excitement. (Henry Kisor The New York Times Book Review)
This magnificent tale of high finance, low finagling, and workers hacking through 2,000 miles is magnificently told. (Time, naming Nothing Like It in the World as the #1 Nonfiction Book of the Year)
Climb aboard...this lively tale, a colorful, edifying story of U.S. history....Ambrose is the bard of American accomplishment. (Conn Nugent New York Post)
Stephen Ambrose has done it again....Ambrose should be read as much for his muscular prose and talent to get at the heart of the matter as for his research. (Bob Minzesheimer, USA Today Historian)
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Stephen E. Ambrose was a renowned historian and acclaimed author of more than thirty books. Among his New York Times bestsellers are Nothing Like It in the World, Citizen Soldiers, Band of Brothers, D-Day - June 6, 1944, and Undaunted Courage. Dr. Ambrose was a retired Boyd Professor of History at the University of New Orleans and a contributing editor for the Quarterly Journal of Military History.
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It's a good read.
He describes more than building a railroad; he peels back the layers of social, corporate and political intrigue that shaped a project as big as the Trans-Continental Railroad. Which exposed some of our nation's often inspiring but also ugly history: the greed and manipulation, the no-holds-barred competition, the smoke-filled room deals and steals, and the ugly racism that used Chinese (and other) workers as near-disposable parts of a building machine and shamelessly pushed native peoples out of the way. That's part of our un-sanitized history as a nation, and it deserves to be exposed to the light of day.
Still, it's a great read. I never got bored. And I still love trains.
I truly appreciated the author's efforts to make the story come alive, as the builders endured great obstacles in building. transporting, delivering, and continuing such an exceptionally challenge. Because of their persistence, today we can enjoy a trip through time and appreciate a job well done in assisting this country in becoming a world power, in the movement of passengers, and goods.