The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914 (Abridged Nonfiction)
by David McCullough
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Winner of the National Book Award for history, The Path Between the Seas tells the story of the men and women who fought against all odds to fulfill the 400-year-old dream of constructing an aquatic passageway between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. It is a story of astonishing engineering feats, tremendous medical accomplishments, political power plays, heroic successes, and tragic failures. Applying his remarkable gift for writing lucid, lively exposition, McCullough weaves the many strands of the momentous event into a comprehensive and captivating tale.
I love McCollough...
...but I'm unwilling to listen to an abridged version of his work. When you make the unabridged version available, I'll buy it.
I rated it with five stars even though I haven't read the book because I cannot post this unless I provide a rating. I think I'm pretty safe giving Mr. McCollough five stars considering how wonderful everything else of his that I have read has been.
When your eyesight is diminished, these audiobooks are a Godsend. I really appreciate them, but I want only unabridged editions.
David McCullough provides a fascinating description of the trails and tribulations that led to the creation of the Panama Canal, covering the diverse characters, geography, science and politics in great story telling form.
A well told history of an engineering marvel
I downloaded this book a day before leaving on a cruise from Los Angeles to Miami via the Panama Canal. We had several days at sea and I did laps on the upper deck while listening to this book on my iPod. Edward Herman does a superb job of presenting the subject and pronouncing all the french names from the early era of the project. I had finished just as we arrived at the canal. I found the canal transit much more rewarding with my new found knowledge. The period between 1870 and 1915 was a fascinating period in our world. I recommend this book.