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David McCullough

“One had only to look at the map to see that Panama was the proper place for the canal. The route was already well established, there was a railroad, there were thriving cities at each end. Only at Panama could a sea-level canal be built. It was really no great issue at all. Naturally there were problems. There were always problems. There had been large, formidable problems at Suez, and to many respected authorities they too had seemed insurmountable. But as time passed, as the work moved ahead at Suez, indeed as difficulties increased, men of genius had come forth to meet and conquer those difficulties. The same would happen again. For every challenge there would be a man of genius capable of meeting and conquering it. One must trust to inspiration. As for the money, there was money aplenty in France just waiting for the opening of the subscription books.”


David McCullough, The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914
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The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914 The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914 by David McCullough
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