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NOTHING LIKE it in the WORLD: the MEN THAT BUILT the TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILROAD, 1863-1869; Signed *

Ambrose, Stephen E. Jr.

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ISBN 10: 0684846098 / ISBN 13: 9780684846095
Published by Simon & Schuster Ltd, London, United Kingdom * * * * *, 2000
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B00k: Fine/, $54.93 NOTHING LIKE IT in the WORLD; the MEN WHO BUILT the TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILROAD 1863-1869. AMBROSE, Stephen E. Simon & Schuster 2000 1sT Edition, 7tH Printing Off White, To Grey To Brown Tones Pictorial Spine With Title In Black Letters, Price Clipped Dust Jacket: Fine/, Shelf, Edge STRETCHING, And Corner Wear. Hard Cover B00k: Fine/, Edge, Shelf And Corner Ware. 431 Numbered Pages That Are Clean And Tight To The Spine, Slightest Of Wear. INSCRIBED by Author on a bookplate. Gift bookplate from Company to recipient whose name is inscribed on it. This is the story of the men who built the transcontinental railroad, those who risked their businesses and money, the engineers and surveyors who risked (and lost) their lives, and the men, Chinese, Irish, defeated Southerners, who did the dangerous and backbreaking work on the tracks that joined the continent as a nation. Minor crimp into about 15 pages that have been straightened in the bottom right corner of the book. = Description Applies To This B00K, Only. = This Author Signed Book Has A Special Significance, Is Hard To Find, Will Be Packaged And Shipped = Carefully, To Avoid Shipping Damage And Will Make It, An Excellent Addition To Your Own Personal Library Collection, Or As A Gift, For The Discriminating Reader / Collector. = WORLD WIDE SHIPPING, AVAILABLE. =*=* California State Law Now Requires The Following Notice Be Given: *=*=* Seller Did Not See And Was Not Present When This Item Was Signed. No Certificate Of Authenticity Is Included In This Sale/Purchase Price. If You Would Like A Certificate Of Authenticity, You Can Obtain One At Your Own Convenience And Expense, Which Is Not Included In The Purchase Price Of This Item. =*=*. Bookseller Inventory # 001069

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Title: NOTHING LIKE it in the WORLD: the MEN THAT ...

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd, London, United Kingdom * * * * *

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition

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The author of Citizen Soldiers and Undaunted Courage chronicles the race to finish the transcontinental railroad in the 1860s and the exploits, sacrifices, triumphs, and tragedies of the individuals who made it happen. 500,000 first printing.

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Abraham Lincoln, who had worked as a riverboat pilot before turning to politics, knew a thing or two about the problems of transporting goods and people from place to place. He was also convinced that the United States would flourish only if its far-flung regions were linked, replacing sectional loyalties with an overarching sense of national destiny.

Building a transcontinental railroad, writes the prolific historian Stephen Ambrose, was second only to the abolition of slavery on Lincoln's presidential agenda. Through an ambitious program of land grants and low-interest government loans, he encouraged entrepreneurs such as California's "Big Four"--Charles Crocker, Collis Huntington, Mark Hopkins, and Leland Stanford--to take on the task of stringing steel rails from ocean to ocean. The real work of doing so, of course, was on the shoulders of immigrant men and women, mostly Chinese and Irish. These often-overlooked actors and what a contemporary called their "dreadful vitality" figure prominently in Ambrose's narrative, alongside the great financiers and surveyors who populate the standard textbooks.

In the end, Ambrose writes, Lincoln's dream transformed the nation, marking "the first great triumph over time and space" and inaugurating what has come to be known as the American Century. David Haward Bain's Empire Express, which covers the same ground, is more substantial, but Ambrose provides an eminently readable study of a complex episode in American history. --Gregory McNamee

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