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Nothing Like It In the World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad 1863-1869

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Nothing Like it in the World Transcontinental Railroad 1863 1969

Imported from USA

Nothing Like It in the World gives the account of an unprecedented feat of engineering, vision, and courage. It is the
story of the men who built the transcontinental railroad—the investors who risked their businesses and money; the
enlightened politicians who understood its importance; the engineers and surveyors who risked, and sometimes lost, their
lives; and the Irish and Chinese immigrants, the defeated Confederate soldiers, and the other laborers who did the
backbreaking and dangerous work on the tracks.

The U.S. government pitted two companies—the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific Railroads—against each other in a
race for funding, encouraging speed over caution. Locomotives, rails, and spikes were shipped from the East through
Panama or around South America to the West or lugged across the country to the Plains. In Ambrose's hands, this
enterprise, with its huge expenditure of brainpower, muscle, and sweat, comes vibrantly to life.