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Nothing like it in the world

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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.

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subject_facetCentral Pacific Railroad Company -- History
Central Pacific Railroad Company -- History -- Juvenile literature
Literature
Railroad construction workers -- United States -- History -- 19th century
Railroads -- United States -- History -- 19th century
Railroads -- United States -- History -- 19th century -- Juvenile literature
Union Pacific Railroad Company -- History
Union Pacific Railroad Company -- History -- Juvenile literature
title_displayNothing like it in the world
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Nothing like it in the world [electronic resource] / Stephen E. Ambrose
title_shortNothing like it in the world
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Railroads