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Thread Across the Ocean The Heroic Story of the Transatlantic Cable

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ISBN-10: 0060524464

ISBN-13: 9780060524463

Edition: 2003

Authors: John Steele Gordon

List price: $13.99
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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…    
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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: 5.31" wide x 8.00" long x 0.62" tall
Weight: 0.528
Language: English

A Note on Money
"An Enterprise Worthy of This Day of Great Things"
Cyrus Field
"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"