I had always viewed the building of the Panama Canal as something akin to the building of the Empire State building or the Apollo space program... something that was far on the fringe of engineering possibility of the time. While I assumed construction captured the attention at the time and was admired as an engineering feat afterwards. After listening to this title, I now realize that building the canal could be characterized as an obsession of an era... a just-out-of-reach-vision for half a century.
I found the book both well written and well researched. Narration was first rate.
I have decided that anything Bill Bryson writes is worth reading and is even better in Audio format ready by Bill himself. He humanizes science and fleshes out the two dimensional historical figures with his trademark wit and insight.
Very gripping storyline - very involved but would you expect less from Mr. Ludlum? Mr. Michaels is an excellent narrator, who is quite versatile with vocal character signatures and inflections.
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