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The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914

2 Ratings: 5.0
A book by David McCullough

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 … see full wiki

Author: David McCullough
Genre: History, Science
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Date Published: October 15, 1978
2 reviews about The Path Between the Seas: The Creation...
review by . October 10, 2008
The epitome of what a general narrative history should be-informative, fun, inspiring.    McCullough begins by tracing the idea of an isthmian canal in history, continues with the two abortive French efforts to complete the canal, and finally covers the completion of the canal in its political and technical aspects under the leadership of the United States.    The technical aspects are fascinating for their details and bridging of a fifty year period of incredible …
review by . September 10, 2008
This Pulitzer-prize winning book tells of the creation of the Panama Canal, and in doing so, gives a great introduction to the American century. The book is written in third person, and follows the who, what, when, where and how of this great undertaking. The who includes engineers, politicians, business leaders, and common laborers who manned the machines that dug the canal. The what includes detailed descriptions of the work that went into making the canal, with a good recall of the businesses …
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