• Last Train to Paradise

  • Henry Flagler and the Spectacular Rise and Fall of the Railroad That Crossed an Ocean
  • By: Les Standiford
  • Narrated by: Del Roy
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (581 ratings)

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Last Train to Paradise

By: Les Standiford
Narrated by: Del Roy
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Publisher's summary

The paths of the great American robber barons were paved with riches, and though ordinary citizens paid for them, they also profited. Les Standiford, author of the John Deal thrillers, tells how the man who turned Florida's swamps into the playgrounds of the rich performed the almost superhuman feat of building a railroad from the mainland to Key West at the turn of the century. An extraordinary man and partner of John D. Rockefeller in the Standard Oil Company, Flagler had the vision to build railroads to link this backward territory with the rest of America. Last Train to Paradise shows how he masterminded the nearly impossible engineering feat of spanning more than 100 miles of ocean and islands to reach the southernmost tip of the Eastern seaboard.

©2002 Les Standiford (P)2002 Books On Tape, Inc., Published by arrangement with Random House Audio Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc.
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  • Categories: History

Critic reviews

"A powerful story told by a talented writer." (Library Journal)
"This book is a remarkable account of one man's dream that ended in disaster." (Booklist)