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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,871 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David McCullough Narrator: Edward Herrmann Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Winner of the National Book Award for history, The Path Between the Seas tells the story of the men and women who fought against all odds to fulfill the 400-year-old dream of constructing an aquatic passageway between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. It is a story of astonishing engineering feats, tremendous medical accomplishments, political power plays, heroic successes, and tragic failures. McCullough expertly weaves the many strands of this momentous event into a captivating tale.

Like his masterful, Pulitzer Prize–winning biography John Adams, David McCullough's The Path Between the Seas has the sweep and vitality of a great novel. This audiobook is a must-listen for anyone interested in American history, international intrigue, and human drama.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A chunk of history full of giant-sized characters and rich in political skullduggery.”

    New York Times

  • “McCullough is a storyteller with the capacity to steer readers through political, financial, and engineering intricacies without fatigue or muddle. This is grand-scale expert work.”


  • “In the hands of McCullough, the digging of the great ditch becomes a kind of peacetime epic…The book will absorb you…You won't want to put it down once you’ve started reading it.”

    New York Daily News

  • “[A] magisterial history of the Canal…The story of the Panama Canal is complex, full of heroes, villains, and victims. McCullough’s long, richly detailed, and eminently literate book pays homage to an immense undertaking.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • Winner of the 1978 National Book Award for History
  • Winner of the 1977 Cornelius Ryan Award
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the 1978 Parkman Prize
  • A Wall Street Journal Bestseller
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Darlis | 2/16/2014

    " Wow!! I loved this book!! It was amazing how for each portion of the development and building of the canal, the perfect person appeared in a leadership role. I learned so much. I would proabaly like another chapter on the Carter transfer to Panama. I was so interested in the political and business background of both the French and American attempts to organize support for the project. The biographical info was interesting. This was a great read. I hope I get to go there someday so I can see it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mike | 2/13/2014

    " Amazing story teller. He makes you love to learn about history. Can't wait to read more of McCullough's work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Michael | 2/9/2014

    " Ferdinand de Lesseps and the French may have had the idea to build this monstrosity of an international shipping lane. But it was Roosevelt and American ingenuity that got it done. USA! USA!USA! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Linda Lovin | 2/3/2014

    " My tour guide in Panama called this "The Bible." Highly recommend before visiting the canal. "

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