Ambrose did a great job of describing the premier engineering challenge of the nineteenth century. Building the railroad from Omaha to Sacramento with only hand tools is amazing by any standard. This book was so good I read it then listened to the unabridged audiobook. The politics and finance may be a bit tiresome for some but the adventure of the race to Promontory should make this a great read for anyone wanting a real understanding of American History. This railroad had as much to do with joining the country East to West as the Civil War did in joining it North to South. Arguably, this project had more to do with making the American nation than any other engineering achievement.
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