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The Resource The race underground : Boston, New York, and the incredible rivalry that built America's first subway, Doug Most

The race underground : Boston, New York, and the incredible rivalry that built America's first subway, Doug Most

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The race underground : Boston, New York, and the incredible rivalry that built America's first subway
Title
The race underground
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Boston, New York, and the incredible rivalry that built America's first subway
Statement of responsibility
Doug Most
Title variation
race underground
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Boston, New York, and the incredible rivalry that built Americas first subway
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"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"--
Summary
Documents the late-19th-century story of the dramatic and sometimes deadly competition between New York and Boston to build the first American subway, describing the rivalry between two brother subway engineers and their famous supporters against a backdrop of period economics and politics
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Biography type
contains biographical information
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10273493
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DLC
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Most, Doug
Dewey number
388.4/20974446109034
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
Intended audience
1280
Intended audience source
Lexile
LC call number
HE4491.B782
LC item number
M67 2014
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1280
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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True
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  • Whitney, Henry Melville
  • Whitney, William C.
  • Subways
  • Subways
  • Subways
  • Subways
  • Urban transportation
  • Competition
  • TRANSPORTATION / Public Transportation
  • HISTORY / United States / State & Local / General
  • Boston (Mass.)
  • New York (N.Y.)
Target audience
adult
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Boston, New York, and the incredible rivalry that built America's first subway
Label
The race underground : Boston, New York, and the incredible rivalry that built America's first subway, Doug Most
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Two Cities, One Crisis -- PART I. THE VISIONARIES -- A Secret Subway -- Where Spirits, the Devil and the Dead Live -- A Family for the Ages -- History Made in Richmond -- PART II. THE BLIZZARD AND THE BILLIONAIRES -- The Blizzard That Changed Everything -- New York City's Moses -- William Whitney's Missed Opportunity -- The Engineer and the Piano Maker -- The Rise and Fall of Henry Whitney -- PART III. TRAGEDIES, TRIUMPHS -- Bidding to Build History -- "Meehanville" -- Boom! -- "First Car off the Earth!" -- The Brains, the Builder and the Banker -- Playing with Dynamite -- October 27, 1904 -- Epilogue -- Author's Note
Control code
20151634
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
viii, 404 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780312591328
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alkaline paper)
Lccn
2013030525
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn846545926
  • (OCoLC)846545926
Label
The race underground : Boston, New York, and the incredible rivalry that built America's first subway, Doug Most
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Two Cities, One Crisis -- PART I. THE VISIONARIES -- A Secret Subway -- Where Spirits, the Devil and the Dead Live -- A Family for the Ages -- History Made in Richmond -- PART II. THE BLIZZARD AND THE BILLIONAIRES -- The Blizzard That Changed Everything -- New York City's Moses -- William Whitney's Missed Opportunity -- The Engineer and the Piano Maker -- The Rise and Fall of Henry Whitney -- PART III. TRAGEDIES, TRIUMPHS -- Bidding to Build History -- "Meehanville" -- Boom! -- "First Car off the Earth!" -- The Brains, the Builder and the Banker -- Playing with Dynamite -- October 27, 1904 -- Epilogue -- Author's Note
Control code
20151634
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
viii, 404 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780312591328
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alkaline paper)
Lccn
2013030525
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn846545926
  • (OCoLC)846545926

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