Conquering Gotham Building Penn Station and Its Tunnels

ISBN-10: 0143113240
ISBN-13: 9780143113249
Edition: N/A
Authors: Jill Jonnes
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Book details

List price: $17.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/25/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Superb. [A] first-rate narrative (The Wall Street Journal) about the controversial construction of New Yorks beloved original Penn Station and its tunnels\ As bestselling books like Ron Chernows Titanand David McCulloughs The Great Bridgeaffirm, readers are fascinated with the grand personalities and schemes that populated New York at the close of the nineteenth century. Conquering Gothamre-creates the riveting struggle waged by the great Pennsylvania Railroad to build Penn Station and the monumental system of tunnels that would connect water-bound Manhattan to the rest of the continent by rail. Historian Jill Jonnes tells a ravishing tale of snarling plutocrats, engineering feats, and backroom politicking packed with the most colorful figures of Gilded Age New York.

List of Illustrations
How Shall we Reach Gotham?
"We Must Find a Way to Cross"
Haskins's Tunnel and Lindenthal's Bridge
"The Ablest Man This Railway Ever Produced"
"The North River Bridge Matter"
"A Severe Disappointment"
"It Might Offer the Solution"
"Get a Little of the Tenderloin"
"Crooked and Greedy"
"Someone in the Penn Is Leaking"
"The Town Is On Fire"
"We Shall Make Our Fight Aboveboard"
"Ugly Rumors of Boodle"
The Crossing
"We Are Not Making a Mistake"
"A Work Unsought"
"Drilling of First Hole"
"The Shield Is Ready to Be Shoved"
"Slow Progress Has Been Made"
"Disturbed about North River Tunnels"
"Would Mr. Cassatt Be Resigning?"
"Death Stalks Alongside Them"
"The Shields Have Met Exactly"
"The Only Railroad Statesman"
"New York City Shaken"
"The Way Is Stony and Wet"
"Officially Declare the Station Open"
Coda
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliographic Notes
Index

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