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Last train to paradise : Henry Flagler and the spectacular rise and fall of the railroad that crossed an ocean

Author: Les Standiford; Henry Morrison Flagler
Publisher: New York : Broadway Paperbacks, 2003, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Broadway pbk. edView all editions and formats
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"Last Train to Paradise is acclaimed novelist Les Standiford's fast-paced and gripping true account of the extraordinary construction and spectacular demise of the Key West Railroad--one of the greatest engineering feats ever undertaken, destroyed in one fell swoop by the Labor Day hurricane of 1935. Brilliant and driven entrepreneur Henry Flagler's dream fulfilled, the Key West Railroad stood as a magnificent  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Henry Morrison Flagler; Henry Morrison Flagler
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Les Standiford; Henry Morrison Flagler
ISBN: 9781400049479 1400049474
OCLC Number: 775681196
Notes: Originally published in hardcover by Crown Publishers, in 2002.
Excerpt from Les Standiford's Meet you in hell: Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick, and the bitter partnership that transformed America -- p. ([277]-281).
Description: xi, 281 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm
Contents: Map of the Key West Extension --
End of the Line --
The Road to Paradise --
Citizen Flagler --
Paradise Found --
Empire Building --
The City That Flagler Built --
The Stage Is Set --
The Eighth Wonder of the World --
Charting the Territories --
Jumping-Off Point --
A Surprise, the First of Many --
Nature's Fury --
Duly Noted --
On Toward Key West --
The Signature Bridge --
Seven Miles of Hell --
Learning Curve --
Railroad Builder Overboard --
Deep Bay --
Wonder to Behold --
Failed --
Rolling On --
Storm of Storms --
A Fine, Improper Place.
Responsibility: Les Standiford.

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"Last Train to Paradise is acclaimed novelist Les Standiford's fast-paced and gripping true account of the extraordinary construction and spectacular demise of the Key West Railroad--one of the greatest engineering feats ever undertaken, destroyed in one fell swoop by the Labor Day hurricane of 1935. Brilliant and driven entrepreneur Henry Flagler's dream fulfilled, the Key West Railroad stood as a magnificent achievement for more than twenty-two years, heralded as 'the eighth wonder of the world.' Standiford brings the full force and fury of 1935's deadly 'storm of the century' and its sweeping destruction of 'the railroad that crossed an ocean' to terrifying life. Last Train to Paradise celebrates a crowning achievement of Gilded Age ambition in a sweeping tale of the powerful forces of human ingenuity colliding with the even greater forces of nature's wrath."--Jacket.

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