The Race Underground by Doug Most

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  • Title: The Race Underground
  • Author: Doug Most
  • Category: Historical past
  • Date: February 2014
  • Lenguage: English
  • Pages: unknown
  • ISBN: 9780312591328

 

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Within the late nineteenth century, as cities like Boston and New York grew more congested, the streets grew to become clogged with plodding, horse-drawn carts. When the nice blizzard of 1888 crippled your complete northeast, an answer needed to be discovered. Two brothers from one of many nation’s nice families-Henry Melville Whitney of Boston and William Collins Whitney of New York-pursued the dream of his metropolis digging America’s first subway, and the nice race was on. The competitors between Boston and New York performed out in an period not in contrast to our personal, one in every of financial upheaval, life-changing improvements, class warfare, bitter political tensions, and the query of America’s place on the planet. The Race Underground is peopled with the well-known, like Boss Tweed, Grover Cleveland and Thomas Edison, and the not-so-famous, from sensible engineers to the numerous “sandhogs” who shoveled, hoisted and blasted their manner into the earth’s crust, typically shedding their lives within the building of the tunnels. Doug Most chronicles the science of the subway, appears to be like on the centuries of fears individuals overcame about touring underground and tells a narrative as thrilling as any ever ripped from the pages of U.S. historical past. The Race Underground is a good American saga of two rival American cities, their wealthy, highly effective and typically corrupt pursuits, and an invention that modified the lives of hundreds of thousands

 

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