|The National Book Award-winning epic chronicle of the creation of the Panama Canal, a first-rate drama of the bold and brilliant engineering feat that was filled with both tragedy and triumph, told by master historian David McCullough. From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Truman , here is the national bestselling epic chronicle of the creation of the Panama Canal. In The Path Between the Seas, acclaimed historian David McCullough delivers a first-rate drama of the sweeping human undertaking that led to the creation of this grand enterprise. 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. Applying his remarkable gift for writing lucid, lively exposition, McCullough weaves the many strands of the momentous event into a comprehensive and captivating tale. Winner of the National Book Award for history, the Francis Parkman Prize, the Samuel Eliot Morison Award, and the Cornelius Ryan Award (for the best book of the year on international affairs), The Path Between the Seas is a must-read for anyone interested in American history, the history of technology, international intrigue, and human drama.|
Winner of the National Book AwardThe building of the Panama Canal was one of the most grandiose, dramatic, and sweeping adventures of all time. Spanning nearly half a century, from its beginnings by a France in pursuit of glory to its completion by the United States on the eve of World War I, it enlisted men, nations, and money on a scale never before seen. Apart from the great wars, it was the largest, costliest single effort ever mounted anywhere on earth, and it affected the lives of tens of thousands of people throughout the world. Here in all its heartbreak and eventual triumph the epic adventure is brought vividly alive by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of such books as "The Johnstown Flood," "The Great Bridge," "Truman," and "John Adams." Filled with vivid detail and incident, "The Path Between the Seas" is not only a fact-filled account of an unprecedented engineering feat; it is also the story of the people who were caught up in it--some to win fame and fortune, others to have their reputations and even their lives destroyed. For many it was the adventure of a lifetime, an adventure whose like will never be seen again. Out of it came a revolution, the birth of a new nation, the conquest of yellow fever, and the expansion of American power. Told from many viewpoints, this is an account drawn from previously unpublished and undiscovered sources, from interviews with actual participants and their families, from material gathered in Paris, Bogota, Panama, the Canal Zone, and Washington. It is a canvas filled with memorable people: Ferdinand de Lesseps and his son Charles, trying to repeat de Lessepss Suez triumph; Jules Verne; Paul Gauguin; Gustave Eiffel; A. T. Mahan and Richard Harding Davis; Senator Mark Hanna; Secretary of State John Hay; the incredible Philippe Bunau-Varilla, "the man who invented Panama"; Dr. William Gorgas; the forgotten American engineer hero John Stevens; Colonel George Washington Goethals; and, above all, Theodore Roosevelt, who "took Panama" in 1903 and left his indelible stamp on the canal. As informative as it is fascinating, "The Path Between the Seas" is history told in the grand manner. With novelistic urgency it presents one of the great stories of all time in an account that will remain definitive for many years to come. With two detailed maps and more than eighty photographs.
|Number Of Pages||704 pages|
|Publisher||Simon & Schuster|
|Table Of Content|
|Table Of Content||Contents PREFACEBOOK ONE: THE VISION 1870-18941. Threshold2. The Hero3. Consensus of One4. Distant Shores5. The Incredible Task6. Soldiers Under Fire7. Downfall8. The Secrets of PanamaBOOK TWO: STARS AND STRIPES FOREVER 1890-19049. Theodore the Spinner10. The Lobby11. Against All Odds12. Adventure by Trigonometry13. Remarkable Revolution14. Envoy ExtraordinaryBOOK THREE: THE BUILDERS 1904-191415. The Imperturbable Dr. Gorgas16. Panic17. John Stevens18. The Man with the Sun in His Eyes19. The Chief Point of Attack20. Life and Times21. TriumphAfterwordACKNOWLEDGMENTSNOTESSOURCESINDEXMAPSPanama During the French EraPanama, the Canal, and the Canal ZonePICTURE SECTIONS|
|Christopher Lehmann-HauptThe New York TimesA chunk of history full of giant-sized characters and rich in political skullduggery.|
Newsweek 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.
The New York Times A chunk of history full of giant-sized characters and rich in political skullduggery.