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Thread Across the Ocean The Heroic Story of the Transatlantic Cable

ISBN-10: 0060524464
ISBN-13: 9780060524463
Edition: 2003
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Book details

List price: $13.99
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 7/1/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Today, in a world in which news flashes around the globe in an instant, time lags are inconceivable. In the mid-nineteenth century, communication between the United States and Europe -- the center of world affairs -- was only as quick as the fastest ship could cross the Atlantic, making the United States isolated and vulnerable. But in 1866, the Old and New Worlds were united by the successful laying of a cable across the Atlantic. John Steele Gordon's book chronicles this extraordinary achievement -- the brainchild of American businessman Cyrus Field and one of the greatest engineering feats of the nineteenth century. An epic struggle, it required a decade of effort, numerous failed attempts, millions of dollars in capital, a near disaster at sea, the overcoming of seemingly insurmountable technological problems, and uncommon physical, financial, and intellectual courage. Bringing to life an overlooked story in the annals of technology, John Steele Gordon sheds fascinating new light on this American saga that literally changed the world.

A Note on Money
Acknowledgments
"An Enterprise Worthy of This Day of Great Things"
Cyrus Field
Newfoundland
"How Many Months? Let's Say How Many Years!"
Raising More Capital
The First Cable
"And Lay the Atlantic Cable in a Heap"
Lightning Through Deep Waters
"Here's the Ship to Lay Your Cable, Mr. Field"
A New Cable, a New Attempt
"The Great Eastern Looms All Glorious in the Morning Sky"
Epilogue--"There Were Two Worlds ... Let There Be One"
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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