The Path Between the Seas

The Path Between the Seas

The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914

Book - 1977
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From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Truman," here is the national bestselling epic chronicle of the creation of the Panama Canal. In "The Path Between the Seas," acclaimed historian David McCullough delivers a first-rate drama of the sweeping human undertaking that led to the creation of this grand enterprise. "The Path Between the Seas" tells the story of the men and women who fought against all odds to fulfill the 400-year-old dream of constructing an aquatic passageway between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. It is a story of astonishing engineering feats, tremendous medical accomplishments, political power plays, heroic successes, and tragic failures. Applying his remarkable gift for writing lucid, lively exposition, McCullough weaves the many strands of the momentous event into a comprehensive and captivating tale. Winner of the National Book Award for history, the Francis Parkman Prize, the Samuel Eliot Morison Award, and the Cornelius Ryan Award (for the best book of the year on international affairs), "The Path Between the Seas" is a must-read for anyone interested in American history, the history of technology, international intrigue, and human drama. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.
Publisher: New York : Simon and Schuster, c1977.
ISBN: 9780671225636
0671225634
Branch Call Number: 972.875 MCCU
Characteristics: 698 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.

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erinsnest
Dec 18, 2016

Dec 16 2016......Well this was a great one. Didn't have the audio book in our library system (Chinook Arch), but was able to get it through the great TAL (The Alberta Library) from another system in our province. I can't say enough great things about libraries! If you get a chance to listen to this epic, take it. I have never thought much about the Panama Canal, it was just something that I took for granted. What a treat to hear about the great explorers, engineers, everyday people (many of whom lost their lives....), politics, etc., that went into such a feat......I see there are a few more things to read about the Panama Canal, and it's politics.....oh, I guess I will never be bored!

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ojwelch
Sep 11, 2016

I first read this book Dec 1985 on a cruise through the Panama Canal. I was blown away by the magnanimity of project, the history of all the principles, the dangers to all those involved and the monstrous equipment needed for this unprecedented accomplishment in its time.
The engineering, the heart aches, nature always in command. Amazing story! A huge book, but well worth the effort.

Currently, the project of widening the canal to accommodate present day shipping is moving along. I hope to see the newly finished canal before too long. Since 1985 I've purchased two copies of this wonderful book and both have been lost to borrowers. Now I'm in need of one in Large Type.

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steveturnage
Sep 09, 2016

After reading David McCullough's very interesting and well researched history, I searched Google maps for the satellite view of the Panama canal. Wow! I added Panama to my bucket list of places I really want to see.

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bluesage
Sep 08, 2016

This an excellent book on the politics and construction of the Panama Canal. The first part is political but if you keep reading, it gets past the politics and gets into the canal construction. The complexity of constructing the canal, the dangers and pitfalls and the fortitude of the workers is amazing. A must read. There are historical photos included.

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Keogh
Mar 30, 2016

A fascinating, insightful, and thorough book by the writer and historian David McCullough. This looks at the history, people, challenges, and geography that factored into the building of the Panama Canal. The French efforts dominate the first half, while the American project takes the second half of the narrative. The ingenuity, tremendous efforst, dangers, and personalities of the time come to life throughout the book.

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rpavlacic
Feb 09, 2016

Sweeping story about one of humanity's greatest accomplishments. Was well timed when first published in 1977 when the debate about what America should do with the Panama Canal was red hot; the fact the book remains in print to the present day speaks to its continued relevance.

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generaldeboss
Jan 12, 2016

A Fantastic book on the creation of the Panama Canal, with the author showing us the vision, initial attempts, and struggles in completing the entire construction. It is a fairly complex read, and be warned of the statistics

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anguskr
Jan 10, 2016

Sadly I read this book after crossing the canal. I would have understood the difficulties and dangers much better had I read it before.
Extremely well researched this is a serious study in the perserverance of humanity. I loved it
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lukasevansherman
Aug 12, 2014

"The creation of a water passage across Panama was one of the supreme human achievements of all time, the culmination of a heroic dream of four hundred years and of more than twenty years of phenomenal effort and sacrifice. The fifty miles between the oceans were among the hardest ever won by human effort and ingenuity, and no statistics on tonnage or tolls can begin to convey the grandeur of what was accomplished."
Since it is the centennial of the opening of the Panama Canal, I picked up this book on the history of its building written by the acclaimed historian David McCullough, who has written books on Truman and John Adams.
Exhaustively researched, it is also a little exhausting in, coming in at over 600 pages. But it is well worth the effort and the length is justified by the epic subject. It is a compelling story that touches on history, politics, race, engineering, capitalism, and man's dauntless task to conquer nature, among other things. I had no idea that the French started the canal, one of many things I learned from this book. Not exactly beach readings, this is an informative, sweeping, and ultimately triumphant story of one of the great engineering feats of the 20th century or any century for that matter.

merklm Oct 15, 2013

A fascinating, detailed story about every aspect of the building of the Panama canal. A bit slow-going at times, but well worth persevering to the end. Well written and worthy of the topic.

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