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Last Train to Paradise

Henry Flagler and the Spectacular Rise and Fall of the Railroad That Crossed an Ocean
Narrated by: Richmond Hoxie
Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
Categories: History, 20th Century
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The fast-paced and gripping true account of the extraordinary construction and spectacular demise of the Key West Railroad - one of the greatest engineering feats ever undertaken, destroyed in one fell swoop by the strongest storm ever to hit US shores.

In 1904, the brilliant and driven entrepreneur Henry Flagler, partner to John D. Rockefeller, dreamed of a railway connecting the island of Key West to the Florida mainland, crossing a staggering 153 miles of open ocean - an engineering challenge beyond even that of the Panama Canal. Many considered the project impossible, but build it they did. The railroad stood as a magnificent achievement for more than 22 years, heralded as “the Eighth Wonder of the World”, until its total destruction in 1935's deadly storm of the century. 

In Last Train to Paradise, Standiford celebrates this crowning achievement of Gilded Age ambition, bringing to life a sweeping tale of the powerful forces of human ingenuity colliding with the even greater forces of nature’s wrath. 

Please note: This is the abridged edition. An unabridged version is also available.

©2002 Les Standiford (P)2019 Random House Audio

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“This is the remarkable true-life chronicle of one of America’s greatest engineering achievements, and how it was all blown to bits in a few hellish hours. No novelist could have invented such a stunning tale, or such unforgettable characters.” (Carl Hiaasen, best-selling author of Razor Girl and Bad Monkey)

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