Last Train to Paradise Henry Flagler and the Spectacular Rise and Fall of the Railroad That Crossed an Ocean
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Description: Last Train to Paradise is acclaimed novelist Les Standiford’s fast-paced and gripping true account of the extraordinary construction and spectacular demise of the Key West Railroad—one of the greatest engineering feats ever undertaken, destroyed in one fell swoop by the Labor Day hurricane of 1935. Brilliant and driven entrepreneur Henry Flagler’s dream fulfilled, the Key West Railroad stood as a magnificent achievement for more than twenty-two years, heralded as “the Eighth Wonder of the World.” Standiford brings the full force and fury of 1935’s deadly “Storm of the Century” and its sweeping destruction of “the railroad that crossed an ocean” to terrifying life. Last Train to Paradise celebrates a crowning achievement of Gilded Age ambition in a sweeping tale of the powerful forces of human ingenuity colliding with the even greater forces of nature’s wrath. “A dramatic story . . . and Les Standiford has a good deal of fun with it all.” —Washington Post Book World “A rousing—a deeply sobering—story.” —Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed “A fascinating and incredibly compelling account . . . I could not put it down.” —Donald Trump “A definitive account of the engineering feat that became known as ‘Flagler’s Folly’. . . A rousing adventure."—Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Publication date: 8/5/2003
Size: 4.50" wide x 10.25" long x 0.75" tall
Les Standiford is the director of the creative writing program at Florida International University. He has lived in Miami since 1981.