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- "Nothing Like it in the world" is the story of the men who built the transcontinental railroad. In Ambrose's hands, this enterprise comes to life. The U.S. government pitted two companies, the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific Railroads, against each other in a race for funding, encouraging speed over caution. At it's peak, the work force approached the size of Civil War armies, with as many as 15,000 workers on each line. The surveyors, the men who picked the route, living off buffalo, deer, and antelope. In building a railroad, there is only one decisive spot, the end of the track. Nothing like this great work had ever been seen in the world when the last spike, a golden one, was driven in Promontory Peak, Utah, in 1869, as the Central Pacific and the Union Pacific tracks were joined.
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Ambrose, Stephen E.
Nothing like it in the world [electronic resource] : the men who built the transcontinental railroad, 1863-1869 / Stephen E. Ambrose.
New York : Simon & Schuster Audio, 2004.
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Read by Jeffrey DeMunn.
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Source record: 9780743506434 (OCoLC)44879775
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