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Last Train to Paradise: Henry Flagler and the Spectacular Rise and Fall of the Railroad That Crossed an Ocean

Standiford, Les;Flagler, Henry Morrison

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ISBN 10: 0609607480 / ISBN 13: 9780609607480
Published by Crown Pub, New York, New York, U.S.A., 2002
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Title: Last Train to Paradise: Henry Flagler and ...

Publisher: Crown Pub, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: New

Edition: 1st Edition

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In Last Train to Paradise novelist Les Standiford has written a lively, felicitous account of the building of the Florida East Coast Railway, which, for a little over two decades, connected mainland Florida with Key West. Henry Morrison Flagler, John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil partner and, in many eyes, the true genius behind that company, embarked on the project in 1905 when he was 74 years old. The railroad, which crossed more than 150 miles of open sea, was an engineering feat nearly equal in scale and difficulty to the digging of the Panama Canal. Standiford's narrative skillfully blends tales of construction perils (not the least of which were escadrilles of mosquitoes) with brief, illuminating travelogues and natural histories, pocket descriptions of life in early 20th-century Florida, and a truly gripping description of an epic standoff between Mother Nature, in the form of a monstrous hurricane, and a stalled, 160-ton steam locomotive. With nary a single missed note, this fascinating tale is popular history at its best. --H. O'Billovich

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