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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,410 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen E. Ambrose Narrator: Jeffrey DeMunn Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In this account of an unprecedented feat of engineering, vision, and courage, Stephen E. Ambrose offers an historical successor to his universally acclaimed Undaunted Courage.

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 its 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.

Ambrose writes with power and eloquence about the brave men—the famous and the unheralded, ordinary men doing the extraordinary—who accomplished the spectacular feat that made the continent into a nation.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Richly readable...[Stephen Ambrose] bears the reader on of wonder and excitement.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Climb aboard...this lively tale, a colorful, edifying story of US history...Ambrose is the bard of American accomplishment.”

    New York Post

  • “Historian Stephen Ambrose has done it again...Ambrose should be read as much for his muscular prose and talent to get at the heart of the matter as for his research.”

    USA Today

  • “This magnificent tale...is magnificently told.”

    Time

  • “Drawing on diaries, memoirs, letters, telegrams, newspaper accounts, and other primary sources, Ambrose celebrates the railroad’s unsung heroes—the men who actually did the backbreaking work.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “DeMunn’s full-text reading is clear and well modulated. The book is chocked with piquant detail.”  

    AudioFile

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A Time Magazine Best Book of the Year for Nonfiction

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Aaron | 2/20/2014

    " Another great story by Stephen Ambrose. If you want to know how/who/where the railroads were built and joined east/west, then this is the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Stacy{s} | 2/16/2014

    " so interesting!! But it might be for history nerds only. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Andy Doyle | 2/9/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. I can't imagine there is any better one volume source on the building of the first transcontinental railroad. Very easy to read and very enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Eliza | 2/8/2014

    " Stephen Ambrose does churn them out like butter but this is a good one. "

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