The Path Between the Seas The Creation of the Panama Canal 1870 1914 [E–pub Free]

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  • The Path Between the Seas The Creation of the Panama Canal 1870 1914
  • David McCullough
  • English
  • 14 May 2020
  • 9780743262132

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The Path Between the Seas The Creation of the Panama Canal 1870 1914 Review × 107 A A wave of fortune seekers descended on Panama from Europe and the eastern United States seeking uick passage on California bound ships in the Pacific and the Panama Railroad built to serve that traffic was soon the highest priced stock listed on the New York Exchange To build a 51 mile long ship canal to replace that railroad seemed an easy matter to some investors But as McCullough notes the construction project came to involve the efforts of thousands of workers from many nations over four decades; eventually those workers la. My whole life is a lie My favorite palindrome is BOGUS I mean sure it s still a palindrome but it s just not trueA MAN A PLAN A CANAL PANAMAA M A N A P L A N A C A N A L P A N A M AThere wasn t a man there wasn t even a plan There were like a dozen men all with various plans It was almost built in Nicaragua The one guy with a decent plan from the beginning was ignored and his plan sat unnoticed in a file somewhere while the rest of them ran around killing thousands of workers and then shrugging and going back to the drawing board when that didn t work The French started it failed terribly lost thousands of men and women to malaria and yellow fever and then went bankrupt Teddy Roosevelt in classic Teddy Roosevelt style went after it but couldn t decide and frankly didn t care where to build or how he just wanted a canal built and some of the glory if not all The whole situation was frankly a clustercuss and it s amazing it got built at all It s uite fascinating reading and I had no idea about any of it But it s also rather dry reading and in the middle section McCullough assumes you know all about Latin American politics of the time I don t know about Latin American politics of TODAY let alone 1905 There s an endless parade of names and literally everyone is described as being broad shouldered and with a mustache and it was impossible for me to keep track of them There is a revolution for Panamanian independence which I did not know they didn t have and I could not keep track of who was on which side The US totally meddled of course and I wasn t sure if they were on one side or both and which side would be better It was to be blunt a hard slog reading wise The last 200 pages though with actual canal building and descriptions of the living uarters and amenities at the work camps were my jam

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The Path Between the Seas The Creation of the Panama Canal 1870 1914 Review × 107 On December 31 1999 after nearly a century of rule the United States officially ceded ownership of the Panama Canal to the nation of Panama That nation did not exist when in the mid 19th century Europeans first began to explore the possibilities of creating a link between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans through the narrow but mountainous isthmus; Panama was then a remote and overlooked part of ColombiaAll that changed writes David McCullough in his magisterial history of the Canal in 1848 when prospectors struck gold in Californi. Ideas too have their period of extrinsic incubation and particularly if they run contrary to what has always seemed common sense Fact is almost always interesting than fiction and history is full of a lot of interesting facts David McCullough has proved this time and time again in his books The Path Between the Seas is one of his best examples The history of the building of the Panama Canal is one I knew nothing about and it is one hugely fascinating story The 44 year span between the beginnings of the project to the canal s opening is a great human drama and it is true to bootThe text is divided into 3 sections Part One focuses on the French idea for the canal and their attempt at creating it I knew nothing about this aspect of the Panama Canal It is a grand story with larger than life figures ambitious schemes and shadowy villains It s got it all and it is edge of your seat reading Part Two focuses on America s taking over the project years after the French failed attempt Part Three focuses on the completion of the project and some of the key players of that aspectThere were many highlights for me in this text but one moment was McCullough s detailing of the Panamanian Locks on the canal It had this reader in 2019 shaking his head in amazement at what engineers accomplished in 1911 As McCullough aptly writes They were truly one of the engineering triumphs of all time but for reasons most people failed to comprehend Someone in the time period wrote of the enterprise Strongly as the Panama Canal appeals to the imagination as the carrying out of an ideal it is above all things a practical mechanical and industrial achievement After reading this book you see just how much it is all of those things and Over 40 years after the project began in an irony that only real life can produce WW I officially starts on the same day as the first oceangoing vessel passes thru the canal The Path Between the Seas is one of McCullough s better efforts And he has not written a bad book This is a tome worthy of such a monumental subject I end this review encouraging you to read this book and with a line from the text that sums it up Primarily the canal is an expression of that old and noble desire to bridge the divide to bring people together It is a work of civilization

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The Path Between the Seas The Creation of the Panama Canal 1870 1914 Review × 107 Boring in oppressive heat in a vast malarial swamp removed enough soil and rock to build a pyramid a mile high In the early years they toiled under the direction of French entrepreneur Ferdinand de Lesseps who went bankrupt while pursuing his dream of extending France's empire in the Americas The United States then entered the picture with President Theodore Roosevelt orchestrating the purchase of the canal but not before helping foment a revolution that removed Panama from Colombian rule and placed it suarely in the American cam. Probably no one writes complete and exhaustive histories than David McCullough In The Path Between the Seas one of his earlier works 1977 McCullough guides you through the political financial and engineering intricacies of building the Panama Canal a modern wonder of the world It s a fascinating read especially if you enjoy history politics and geography The opening of the canal and control allowed the United States to maintain a two ocean navy and provide security for some of the important sea lanes affecting world commerce Taking nearly fifty years to build at the turn of the twentieth century it was the largest costliest single effort ever mounted anywhere on earth Thank Teddy Roosevelt for completing the project thank Jimmy Carter for giving it away Die Verwandlung in oppressive heat The Eternal City in a vast malarial swamp removed enough soil and rock to build a pyramid a mile high In the early years they toiled under the direction of French entrepreneur Ferdinand de Lesseps who went bankrupt while pursuing his dream of extending France's empire Tage der Nemesis in the Americas The United States then entered the picture with President Theodore Roosevelt orchestrating the purchase of the canal but not before helping foment a revolution that removed Panama from Colombian rule and placed Heart of Gold it suarely A Romantic Getaway in the American cam. Probably no one writes complete and exhaustive histories than David McCullough In The Path Between the Seas one of his earlier works 1977 McCullough guides you through the political financial and engineering Fru Bengtssons andliga uppvaknande intricacies of building the Panama Canal a modern wonder of the world It s a fascinating read especially Living in the Environment Principles Connections and Solutions with CD ROM and InfoTrac if you enjoy history politics and geography The opening of the canal and control allowed the United States to maintain a two ocean navy and provide security for some of the Polynesian Seafaring and Navigation important sea lanes affecting world commerce Taking nearly fifty years to build at the turn of the twentieth century Dolpo it was the largest costliest single effort ever mounted anywhere on earth Thank Teddy Roosevelt for completing the project thank Jimmy Carter for giving Riding the Torch it away