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The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal 1870-1914by David Mccullough
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andlt;B andgt;Winner of the National Book Awardandlt;/Bandgt;andlt;brandgt;andlt;brandgt;The 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 andlt;I andgt;The Johnstown Floodandlt;/Iandgt;, andlt;I andgt;The Great Bridgeandlt;/Iandgt;, andlt;I andgt;Trumanandlt;/Iandgt;, and andlt;I andgt;John Adamsandlt;/Iandgt;. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Filled with vivid detail and incident, andlt;I andgt;The Path Between the Seasandlt;/Iandgt; 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 itand#8212;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of American power.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Told from many viewpoints, this is an account drawn from previously unpublished and undiscovered sources, from interviews with actual participants and their families, from material gathered in Paris, Bogotand#225;, Panama, the Canal Zone,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 Lesseps's 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.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;As informative as it is fascinating, andlt;I andgt;The Path Between the Seasandlt;/Iandgt; 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.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;With two detailed maps and more than eighty photographs.
The National Book Awardand#8211;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.andlt;brandgt;andlt;brandgt;From the Pulitzer Prizeand#8211;winning author of andlt;Iandgt;Trumanandlt;/Iandgt;, 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.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;The Path Between the Seasandlt;/Iandgt; 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.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;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), andlt;Iandgt;The Path Between the Seasandlt;/Iandgt; is a must-read for anyone interested in American history, the history of technology, international intrigue, and human drama.
About the Author
David McCullough has been called a "master of the art of narrative history." His books have been praised for their exceptional narrative sweep, their scholarship and insight into American life, and for their literary distinction.
In the words of the citation accompanying his honorary degree from Yale, "As an historian, he paints with words, giving us pictures of the American people that live, breath, and above all, confront the fundamental issues of courage, achievement, and moral character."
Author of 1776, John Adams, Truman, The Johnstown Flood, The Great Bridge, The Path between the Seas, Mornings on Horseback, and Brave Companions, he has received the Pulitzer Prize twice (in 1993, for Truman, and, in 2001, for John Adams), the Francis Parkman Prize, and the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and has twice won the National Book Award.
For his work overall he has been honored by the National Book Foundation Distinguished Contribution to American Letters Award, the National Humanities Medal, the St. Louis Literary Award, the Carl Sandburg Award, and the New York Public Library's Literary Lion Award. None of his books has ever been out of print.
In a crowded, productive career, Mr. McCullough has been an editor, essayist, teacher, lecturer, and familiar presence on public television — as host of Smithsonian World, The American Experience, and narrator of numerous documentaries including The Civil War and Napoleon. He is a past president of the Society of American Historians. He has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has received 31 honorary degrees.
A gifted speaker, Mr. McCullough has lectured in all parts of the country and abroad, as well as at the White House, as part of the White House presidential lecture series. He is also one of the few private citizens to be asked to speak before a joint session of Congress.
Born in Pittsburgh in 1933, Mr. McCullough was educated there and at Yale, where he was graduated with honors in English literature. An avid reader, traveler, and landscape painter, he lives in West Tisbury, Massachusetts, with his wife Rosalee Barnes McCullough. They have five children and 15 grandchildren.
Table of Contents
BOOK ONE: THE VISION 1870-1894
2. The Hero
3. Consensus of One
4. Distant Shores
5. The Incredible Task
6. Soldiers Under Fire
8. The Secrets of Panama
BOOK TWO: STARS AND STRIPES FOREVER 1890-1904
9. Theodore the Spinner
10. The Lobby
11. Against All Odds
12. Adventure by Trigonometry
13. Remarkable Revolution
14. Envoy Extraordinary
BOOK THREE: THE BUILDERS 1904-1914
15. The Imperturbable Dr. Gorgas
17. John Stevens
18. The Man with the Sun in His Eyes
19. The Chief Point of Attack
20. Life and Times
Panama During the French Era
Panama, the Canal, and the Canal Zone
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