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A Thread Across the Ocean: The Heroic Story of the Transatlantic Cable
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Perennial
Publication date July 1, 2003
Pages 240
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780060524463
ISBN-10 0060524464
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.25 by 8 in.
Weight 0.55 lbs.
Original list price $13.99
Other format details sci/tech
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Summary
A close-up look at one of the greatest engineering feats of all time describes the successful laying of a cable across the Atlantic Ocean in 1866, exploring the remarkable physical, financial, and technological challenges of the project and assessing the impact of the cable on the course of twentieth-century history. Reprint.
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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 attempts, millions of dollars in capital, a near disaster at sea, the overcoming of seemingly insurmountable technological problems, and uncommon physical, financial, and intellectual courage. Bringing to life an overlooked story in the annals of technology, John Steele Gordon sheds fascinating new light on this American saga that literally changed the world.



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Reprint edition from Perennial (July 1, 2003)
9780060524463 | details & prices | 240 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.55 lbs | List price $13.99
About: Describes the laying of a cable across the Atlantic Ocean in 1866, exploring the physical, financial, and technological challenges of the project and assessing the impact of the cable on the course of twentieth-century history.
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Reprint edition from Paw Prints (November 3, 2008)
9781439568675 | details & prices | 240 pages | List price $22.95
About: Today, in a world in which news flashes around the globe in an instant, time lags are inconceivable.

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