Conquering Gotham by Jill Jonnes
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Conquering Gotham
By Jill Jonnes

Conquering Gotham

A Gilded Age Epic: the Construction of Penn Station and Its Tunnels Unabridged [CD-Audio/MP3 Edition]

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Format: CD-Audio

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Conquering Gotham by Jill Jonnes

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The demolition of Penn Station in 1963 destroyed not just a soaring neoclassical edifice but also a building that commemorated one of the last century's great engineering feats-the construction of railroad tunnels into New York City. Now, in this gripping narrative, Jill Jonnes tells this fascinating story-a high-stakes drama that pitted the money and will of the nation's mightiest railroad against the corruption of Tammany Hall, the unruly forces of nature, and the machinations of labor agitators. In 1901, the president of the Pennsylvania Railroad, Alexander Cassatt, determined that it was technically feasible to build a system of tunnels connecting Manhattan to New Jersey and Long Island. Confronted by payoff-hungry politicians, brutal underground working conditions, and disastrous blowouts and explosions, it would take him nearly a decade to make Penn Station and its tunnels a reality. Set against the bustling backdrop of Gilded Age New York, Conquering Gotham will enthrall fans of David McCullough's The Great Bridge and Ron Chernow's Titan.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781400104369
ISBN-10: 140010436X
Format: CD-Audio
(137mm x 163mm x 27mm)
Imprint: Tantor Media, Inc
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
Publish Date: 14-May-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Jill Jonnes

Jill Jonnes is a historian and the author of "Empires of Light: Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse and the Race to Electrify the World." David Drummond has made his living as an actor for over twenty-five years, and he received an "AudioFile" Earphones Award for his first audiobook, "Love 'Em or Lose 'Em."

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