I was amazed on how much I did not know about the Panama Canal. This book was hard to stop listening to. Edward Herman is fantastic. I'm so glad that he is the narrator for the John Adams book.
David McCollough really dug deep..pun intended. I really, really enjoyed this and would highley recommend buying this. I don't write many reviews but felt compelled to do so here...ENJOY
Fascinating and historical review of the challenges, politics, economics, and quality of life Advancement's that came about as a result of this titanic engineering project. Excellent primer for planned trip through the canal.
Quite a piece of history that is not well known. A reminder that history does not always reward the real heroes. Told in a well balanced way
I doubt I would read the print version, so yes. I have been a reader all my life, but to read something this long requires the audible version so I can fit it in during all the idle moments, such as when driving. (And this was the abridged version)
This was a history and a saga. No memorable "moments", but an incredibly fascinating work of telling the story of the 45 year feat from beginning to end. Often, on books this long, I will intersperse other shorter books of a different type. Not on this one. I could hardly wait to get to it when I got in the car.
I love Hermann's voice. He is one of the top voices in the industry.
Avid marathoner and hi tech market analyst. Lover of Ken Follett, Christopher Moore, Timothy Zahn and any book that pulls me in.
I wasn't expecting such a fascinating story here but it really was. Excellent writing, well researched account of this incredible human achievement. The story of the initial failed attempt to create a canal by the French was especially appealing to read. Wow, what a spectacular failure in just about every way. Great narration as well.
I wondered what David McCullough would have to say about the presumably straight-forward digging of a canal in Panama. Wow was I wrong on every assumption ever made about the Panama Canal. David M is perhaps the finest writer of recent history and definitely the best orator of it. ("1776" was so incredibly captivating at one point I pulled off a mountain road to concentrate better.) Once "Path Between the Seas" gets moving you realize how little one knows about something so grand that is largely ignored by so many. And to think we gave it to China!
Having been to the canal, I loved the detailed descriptions of the scale & scope of the various efforts that eventually conquered the challenge!