Brendan's Reviews > Last Train to Paradise: Henry Flagler and the Spectacular Rise and Fall of the Railroad that Crossed an Ocean

Last Train to Paradise by Les Standiford
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Dec 22, 2008

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bookshelves: audio, non-fiction, 2008, history-journalism
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Standiford tells of the enormous engineering project that was the Florida Keys rail line. Henry Flagler, part of the Standard Oil empire, built a rail line from Miami across the ocean/gulf of Mexico down to Key West. Then along came a hurricane. Why are there so many history books about trains? Flagler's relentless optimism about the dubious project is spiriting and a little depressing at the same time. What if he'd gotten behind some philanthropic act with the same vigor? Interesting stories, of course, about the hurricane.


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