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The Race Underground: Boston, New York, and the Incredible Rivalry That Built America's First Subway par [Most, Doug]
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In the late nineteenth century, as cities like Boston and New York grew larger, the streets became increasingly clogged with horse-drawn carts.  When the great blizzard of 1888 brought New York City to a halt, a solution had to be found. Two brothers—Henry Melville Whitney of Boston and William Collins Whitney of New York City—pursued the dream of his city being the first American metropolis to have a subway and the great race was on. The competition between Boston and New York was played out in an era not unlike our own, one of economic upheaval, job losses, bitter political tensions, and the question of America's place in the world.

The Race Underground is peopled with the famous, like Boss Tweed, and Thomas Edison, and the not-so-famous, like the countless "sandhogs" who dug and blasted into the earth's crust, sometimes losing their lives in the process of building the subway's tunnels. Doug Most chronicles the science of the subway, looks at fears people had about travelling underground and tells a story as exciting as any ever ripped from the pages of U.S. history. The Race Underground is a great American saga of two rival American cities, the powerful interests within, and an invention that changed the lives of millions.


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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 5007 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 415 pages
  • Editeur : St. Martin's Press (4 février 2014)
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  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00EGJE39A
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Interesting subject, but misleading and poorly put together. 18 juillet 2016
Par Julian Douglass - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
The biggest problem with this book was that this was sold as a great rivalry to build the first subway in America, fought tirelessly by two brothers who would reshape the way many of us get around the city and the country. The only part of that lure that was true was the part that reshaped the way that many of us get around the country. Other than that, it really was never a thrilling story. Mr. Most jumped around, never sticking to the story line on the inside jacket of the book, and briefly mentioning the Blizzard of 1888 that supposedly "changed history forever". It was an interesting read, but could have been crafted better by an actual historian and not a journalist moonlighting to get some extra money.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 the offer of a non-fiction book about my home town was the best inducement. The beginning is a little rocky 18 mai 2017
Par The Princess of Chicken - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
As a native Bostonian, the offer of a non-fiction book about my home town was the best inducement. The beginning is a little rocky, but it becomes clear that, after those chapters, all the backstory was necessary to have what follows make sense. The lessons on geology, dirty politics, and the civilized sniping among the main characters lets it roll along nicely. It's not a book to hurry through because so much relevant detail is laced through every chapter.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Nothing on the early subway cars 3 avril 2017
Par Donald E. Fulton - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Main focus of the book is on the personalities, funding and contract issue of building the Boston and NYC subways as well as some details of how the construction was done, and I found that quite interesting. Lesser focus on the engineering. However, Sprague's engineering work on the early 12 miles Richmond system is discussed in a few pages, but not as much detail as in the PBS special on the Race Underground. A curious lack I thought is there is nothing in the book about the first generation of subway cars that ran in the tunnels, no mention of who built them, their size or power requirements or how they were powered by the 3rd rail..
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Interesting, well-written historical snapshot 31 décembre 2014
Par G Clarke Smith - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
The Race Underground captures a compelling story of the challenges associated with progress of mass transit. The author does a very good job of portraying the practical challenges that led to the creation of the subways in Boston, New York (and a handful of other cities) while also painting personal portraits of the individuals involved. Well written, entertaining and a fascinating look into the history of something we take for granted today.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A great supplement to the PBS program of this title! 7 mars 2017
Par Mike - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
If you saw the PBS production, then you have to have this book!!! The PBS production was fantastic & this book is also beautifully written. Actually, anyone interested in electric traction, should read this great tome, & then and watch the PBS program for a better experience (even if you watched the program the first time).
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