The Race Underground

The Race Underground

Boston, New York, and the Incredible Rivalry That Built America's First Subway

eBook - 2014
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"In the late nineteenth century, as cities like Boston and New York grew larger, the streets became increasingly clogged with horse-drawn carts. When the great blizzard of 1888 brought New York City to a halt, a solution had to be found. Two brothers--Henry Melville Whitney of Boston and William Collins Whitney of New York City--pursued the dream of his city being the first American metropolis to have a subway and the great race was on. The competition between Boston and New York was played out in an era not unlike our own, one of economic upheaval, job losses, bitter political tensions, and the question of America's place in the world. The Race Underground is peopled with the famous, like Boss Tweed, and Thomas Edison, and the not-so-famous, like the countless "sandhogs" who dug and blasted into the earth's crust, sometimes losing their lives in the process of building the subway's tunnels. Doug Most chronicles the science of the subway, looks at fears people had about travelling underground and tells a story as exciting as any ever ripped from the pages of U.S. history. The Race Underground is a great American saga of two rival American cities, the powerful interests within, and an invention that changed the lives of millions"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781466842007
Characteristics: 1 online resource (viii, 404 pages) : illustrations
Call Number: eBook

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ArapahoeHayley Oct 23, 2018

The Race Underground makes you realize that some of the best innovations are literally under our feet.

RickUWS Mar 11, 2014

At least for the first 100 pages this book is disappointing; that's where I gave up. It purports to be a lively history of the competition between Boston and New York to build a subway system, but that seems to be a false comparison calculated to get attention. It is episodic and lacks continuity. The author must have assumed the charming anecdotes and cameos would carry the reader, but for me it just felt like a large-scale cut-and-paste job.


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