Wedding of the Waters The Erie Canal and the Making of a Great Nation

ISBN-10: 0393327957
ISBN-13: 9780393327953
Edition: 2006
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Description: "One corner of the great American panorama enlarged to highlight starry-eyed visionaries, political machinations, indefatigable ingenuity, and cockeyed optimism."Kirkus Reviews A sweeping work of history by Peter L. Bernstein, Wedding of the Waters  More...

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List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/17/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.30" long x 1.20" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

"One corner of the great American panorama enlarged to highlight starry-eyed visionaries, political machinations, indefatigable ingenuity, and cockeyed optimism."Kirkus Reviews A sweeping work of history by Peter L. Bernstein, Wedding of the Waters recounts the revolutionary conception, construction, and completion of the Erie Canal, one of the greatest engineering projects ever undertaken and the crucial link between the Atlantic states and the bounties of the western lands beyond the Appalachian Mountains. This stupendous project was a daunting challenge at every turn, for the financiers and politicians as well as the would-be engineers. With its emphasis on technological ingenuity, global economics, financial skills, and America's changing role in the world, Wedding of the Waters is a story for our own times. 20 illustrations.

Peter L. Bernstein graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College with a degree in economics. After serving as a member of the research staff at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and at the Office of Strategic Services in Washington, Bernstein joined the the Air Force, attaining the rank of captain serving in World War II, and assigned to the Office of Strategic Services. After the war, Bernstein taught economics for many years as an adjunct professor on the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research in New York. In 1951, after teaching economics at Williams College and spending five years in commercial banking, Bernstein became Chief Executive of a nationally known investment counsel firm He retired in 1973 to launch Peter L. Bernstein, Inc. Bernstein was the first Editor of The Journal of Portfolio Management in 1974,and is now Consulting Editor of the Journal. He served on the Visiting Committee to the Economics Department at Harvard University, as a Trustee and member of the Finance Committee of the College Retirement Equities Fund, and as a Trustee of the Investment Management Workshop sponsored by the Association for Investment Management & Research. Bernstein is the author of nine books in economics and finance and he has also written articles in professional journals such as The Harvard Business Review and the Financial Analysts Journal, and in the press, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Worth Magazine, and Bloomberg publications. He has contributed to collections of articles published by Perseus and FT Mastering. He is also a lecturer on risk management, asset allocation, portfolio strategy, and market history. Bernstein has received three major awards from the Association for Investment Management & Research, which include; The Award for Professional Excellence, The Graham & Dodd Award, given annually for the outstanding article in the Financial Analysts Journal for the previous year, and The James R. Vertin Award, recognizing individuals who have produced a body of research notable for its relevance and enduring value to investment professionals.

Acknowledgments
Introduction: "Does It Not Seem Like Magic?"
The Visionaries
Smooth Sailing
Hudson's Wrong Turn
Washington's Pivot
Canal Maniacs
"A Canal to the Moon"
The Action Begins
The Sublime Spectacle
The Extravagant Proposal
The Expedition
War and Peace
The Shower of Gold
The Creation
Digging the Ditch
Boom, Bust, Bonds
Rude Invective
Unwearied Zeal
The Stupendous Path
A Noble Work
The Pageant of Power
The Wedding of the Waters
After the Wedding
No Charge for Births
The Prodigious Artery
The Granary of the World
Epilogue
Notes
Bibliography
Illustration Credits
Index

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