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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: Abridged 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. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Ambrose provides an eminently readable study of a complex episode in American history.” 

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Ambrose’s epic account, diligently and powerfully read by DeMunn, details the incredible mobilization of manpower and financing that was ‘the very embodiment of system.’” 

    Publishers Weekly audio review

  • [A] rough-and-tumble, triumphant sagaDrawing 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

  • “This muscular yet flowing telling of the railroad’s physical construction, will be a sure winner with the author’s legions of readers.” 


  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Philip Alford | 2/18/2014

    " Excellent..love Ambrose's writing style and research "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bart | 2/10/2014

    " The railroad was finished in May of 1869. It carried out my Summers and Gripenstraw families in 1870. Fascinating account of the work that went into connecting America. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Peter | 1/30/2014

    " While this turned out to be a fascinating book, it starts off really slowly. I had the impression that this book may have been written during two separate periods of time. Once you get through the first 1/3, it becomes worth it. I really learned a great deal about just what a tremendous accomplishment it was to build a transcontinental railroad. You finish this book and realize that we probably could not duplicate this effort today. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Luanne | 1/18/2014

    " Who knew the concept of time zones and "hell on wheels" came out of the Transcontinental Railroad?! It was built across the entire breatdth of southern Wyoming, so of course I had to read it! Why are so many ghost towns in that part of Wyoming 20 miles apart? This book will tell you. "

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