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

Author: Doug Most
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Case studies
History
Named Person: Henry Melville Whitney; William C Whitney; Henry Melville Whitney; William C Whitney; Henry Melville Whitney; William C Whitney; William C Whitney; Henry Melville Whitney
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Doug Most
ISBN: 9780312591328 0312591322
OCLC Number: 846545926
Description: viii, 404 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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.
Responsibility: Doug Most.

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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"--

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