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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (156 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Steele Gordon Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In a world in which news flashes around the globe in an instant, time lags are inconceivable. In the mid-nineteenth century, communication between the United States and Europe—the center of world affairs—was only as quick as the fastest ship could cross the Atlantic, making the United States isolated and vulnerable.

But in 1866 the old and new worlds were united by the successful laying of a cable across the Atlantic. John Steele Gordon’s book chronicles this extraordinary achievement—the brainchild of American businessman Cyrus Field and one of the greatest engineering feats of the nineteenth century. An epic struggle, it required a decade of effort, numerous failed attempts, millions of dollars in capital, a near disaster at sea, the overcoming of seemingly insurmountable technological problems, and uncommon physical, financial, and intellectual courage. Bringing to life an overlooked story in the annals of technology, John Steele Gordon sheds fascinating new light on this American saga that literally changed the world.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Elisia | 12/29/2013

    " One of my most favorite books! It's such a wonderful success story! It made me more determined to stick out the rough patches in my life, knowing that in the end it would all work out for my good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sully | 12/27/2013

    " Another interesting slice of history from JSG, who always manages to weave interesting asides into his writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jack | 9/27/2013

    " I wanted to like this book, the story of the laying of the first transatlantic telegraph cable, but I didn't. There is a lot of detail that didn't interest me, I would have liked it a lot better as a short story or magazine article. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Dave | 4/15/2013

    " The title pretty much sums it up. I listened to it. What a project. "

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