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The Resource Nothing like it in the world : the men who built the transcontinental railroad, 1863-1869, Stephen E. Ambrose

Nothing like it in the world : the men who built the transcontinental railroad, 1863-1869, Stephen E. Ambrose

Label
Nothing like it in the world : the men who built the transcontinental railroad, 1863-1869
Title
Nothing like it in the world
Title remainder
the men who built the transcontinental railroad, 1863-1869
Statement of responsibility
Stephen E. Ambrose
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • 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. At its peak, the work force approached the size of Civil War armies, with as many as 15,000 workers on each line. Nothing like this great work had ever been seen in the world when the golden spike was driven in Promontory Peak, Utah, in 1869, as the Central Pacific and the Union Pacific tracks were joined. This is the story of the brave men, the famous and the unheralded, ordinary men doing the extraordinary -- who accomplished the spectacular feat that made the continent into a nation
  • "Nothing Like It in the World 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 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."--BOOK JACKET
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Ambrose, Stephen E
Dewey number
385/.0973
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
TF23
LC item number
.A48 2000
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Central Pacific Railroad Company
  • Union Pacific Railroad Company
  • Railroads
  • Railroad construction workers
Label
Nothing like it in the world : the men who built the transcontinental railroad, 1863-1869, Stephen E. Ambrose
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Maps on endpapers
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 407-411) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Picking the route 1830-1860 -- Getting to California 1848-1859 -- Birth of the Central Pacific 1860-1862 -- Birth of the Union Pacific 1862-1864 -- Judah and the elephant 1862-1864 -- Laying out the Union Pacific line 1864-1865 -- Central Pacific attacks the Sierra Nevada 1865 -- Union Pacific across Nebraska 1866 -- Central Pacific assaults the Sierra 1866 -- Union Pacific to the Rocky Mountains 1867 -- Central Pacific penetrates the summit 1867 -- Union Pacific across Wyoming 1868 -- Brigham Young and the Mormons make the grade 1868 -- Central Pacific goes through Nevada 1868 -- Railroads race into Utah January 1-April 10, 1869 -- To the summit April 11-May 7, 1869 -- Done May 8-10, 1869
Control code
44089273
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
431 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780684846095
Lccn
00041005
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
Label
Nothing like it in the world : the men who built the transcontinental railroad, 1863-1869, Stephen E. Ambrose
Publication
Note
Maps on endpapers
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 407-411) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Picking the route 1830-1860 -- Getting to California 1848-1859 -- Birth of the Central Pacific 1860-1862 -- Birth of the Union Pacific 1862-1864 -- Judah and the elephant 1862-1864 -- Laying out the Union Pacific line 1864-1865 -- Central Pacific attacks the Sierra Nevada 1865 -- Union Pacific across Nebraska 1866 -- Central Pacific assaults the Sierra 1866 -- Union Pacific to the Rocky Mountains 1867 -- Central Pacific penetrates the summit 1867 -- Union Pacific across Wyoming 1868 -- Brigham Young and the Mormons make the grade 1868 -- Central Pacific goes through Nevada 1868 -- Railroads race into Utah January 1-April 10, 1869 -- To the summit April 11-May 7, 1869 -- Done May 8-10, 1869
Control code
44089273
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
431 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780684846095
Lccn
00041005
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps

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