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Nothing Like It in the World by Stephen E. Ambrose
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Dec 19, 2009

it was amazing
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Read in November, 2009

What other event in history pitted two major powers against each other in a race that involved extreme financial and physical risk? How about the race to the moon? That's what this story reminded me of. Two railroads, headed by powerful and devious men scheme to lay more track than the other and thereby obtain more government subsides and land grants. It is also a story of Chinese laborers versus (primarily) Irish immigrant laborers and the stark contrast between their attitudes about the work they were doing. My great grandfather moved from South Dakota to Oregon in 1906. I was curious how long the transcontinental railroad had been completed at that time. That's what got me into the book, that plus the fact that I loved Ambrose's Undaunted Courage.
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