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

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

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
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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<U+2014>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<U+2014>the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific Railroads<U+2014>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.--Amazon
Summary
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
Tone
Writing style
Award
New York Times Notable Book, 2000
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
157799
Cataloging source
QDK
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Ambrose, Stephen E
Dewey number
385.0973
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Central Pacific Railroad Company
  • Union Pacific Railroad Company
  • Railroad construction workers
  • Railroads
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
the men who built the transcontinental railroad, 1863-1869
Label
Nothing like it in the world : the men who built the transcontinental railroad, 1863-1869, Stephen E. Ambrose, (text large print)
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references 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
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
704 pages (large print), 32 unnumbered pages of plates
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9780743204309
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
Specific material designation
large print
System control number
  • 44931905
  • 348442
Label
Nothing like it in the world : the men who built the transcontinental railroad, 1863-1869, Stephen E. Ambrose, (text large print)
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references 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
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
704 pages (large print), 32 unnumbered pages of plates
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9780743204309
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
Specific material designation
large print
System control number
  • 44931905
  • 348442

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      37.377573 -76.770995
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      515 Scotland Street, Williamsburg, VA, 23185, US
      37.377573 -76.770995
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