Years afterward, the wife of one of the steam-shovel engineers, Mrs. Today, the maritime dispute between the U. I wasn't sure whether to award 4 or 5 stars to this book until I realized that my withholding a star had more to do with me than the book. The amount of money involved was staggering for the times. I believe that same idea of exchanging breath happens on a global basis with our oceans. I couldn't bear to see particular shores of the canal floating by, anonymous and silent.
Then I found that the travel across the Isthmus was as intense as the book itself. Amazingly well-written, but I expect no less from Mr. While reading, I took a brief look at the current Panama Canal and it obvious that there have been some major changes since my brief visit 55 years ago. There wasn't much technical description of the canal itself until the end of the book. Southerners did not want to lose their pool of cheap labor, so they blocked efforts to recruit black canal workers from the land of the free. I listened to this book on Audible. It's quite fascinating reading, and I had no idea about any of it.
The reason for this difference of opinion is almost certainly the length and the depth of detail. The book details people, places, and events involved in building the. A tiny blood sucking insect almost doomed the project with the unbelievable number of deaths it caused from yellow fever and malaria. The book has enormous slow points, including the monotonous descriptions of some mechanical processes that will bore i even the most ardent minutia fan. A traditional Hawaiian greeting involves pressing noses together and exchanging breaths. It really was like Sedan all over again.
Tan titánico como el tema que aborda, este libro es sorprendentemente ligero de leer. Reinforced concrete, a relatively new construction material and one for which no design codes existed, was used simply because it was the right material for the job. The book is 617 pages of text and I have to admit that 150-200 pages could probably have been chopped to This is a tough book to rate. As the air gets colder, it gets thinner, and the air thins it gets more and more difficult for an aircraft to stay in the sky. You pay your own passage to every posting. The next part of the clue about the Red Parrot will appear.
While this was important information to know as the basis for the subsequent American effort I do believe that it was vastly overdone and could have benefited from serious editing. 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 worke My whole life is a lie! Update your browser to continue using indigo. The hardships endured by the people who did finally build the can were unbelievable with malaria, rock slides and oppressive heat. Overall it's a fascinating story about a mechanical system that moves ships from one ocean to another that we all take for granted and definitely shouldn't. By subscribing, you get access to a huge library of multimedia content, which is updated daily.
My biggest criticism is the lack of maps. So in May, when two Chinese warplanes nearly crashed into an American spy plane over the same area, many in China felt a familiar sense of nationalist outrage. At times I wanted the rambling political descriptions to be over. But as the book points out, this is unfair. In all, this is a fascinating history of one of the great engineering projects of our modern age and well worth the long read.
The book traces the history from the French attempt at building the canal to the completion of it by the Americans. My biggest criticism is the lack of maps. Meanwhile, viewing the French example, Congress so feared possible graft in Panama that it threw horrific red tape around the canal project. I found the parts describing the actual building of the canal by both the French and the U. Three years later, a fleet of 38 vessels was sent across by , while the larger warships sailed around Cape Malea. It was an event that fascinated the world, and rightly so, for over 40 years.
No one knows how many died in either attempt, though in the U. What it must have been like for the workers of the canal with no modern conveniences is emphasised again and again by McCollough. But I will grant that much of the fascination a reader could have had from this book was diluted by the cumbersome length and depth of detail. Until then, Washington contends, only the U. All of David McCullough's books are well written and easily digestible. The lack of design standards and guidelines did not hamper the engineers designing the myriad of concrete structures needed for the locks. In the wake of the bitter defeat of the Franco-Prussian War, the elderly yet hale Lessups, and his eternal optimism for the canal, represented a possibility for a new France.
Some fear Beijing will step up its land reclamation operations. However, not too long into the U. The Path Between the Seas had me so interested in geology, Central American politics, jungle wildlife, topography, stuff that I would never have thought I would be interested in. This is a tough book to rate. To continue shopping at Indigo. Alright, at least top five. It's no You wouldn't think that a book detailing the creation of the Panama Canal would be an exciting and quick read.
There is no direct relationship between temperature and density. And this book is loooong. An audacious dream and a stunning feat. I was a young E-3 at the time but I worked on the administrative staff of the base commander. I haven't read much non-fiction literature, so I don't have much to compare by, but the story was engaging and the pace kept your attention. For centuries, men had dreamed of a canal through the American isthmus, which would elimate the fraught passage around Cape Horn, opening up the riches of the Far East and the Pacific Coast to traditional Atlantic powers. Like every other David McCullough book I have read, I thoroughly enjoyed The Path Between the Seas.