A Thread Across the Ocean

The Heroic Story of the Transatlantic Cable
Author: John Steele Gordon
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 0802713645
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 240
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Describes the successful 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.

A Thread Across the Ocean

The Heroic Story of the Transatlantic Cable
Author: John Steele Gordon
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0060524464
Category: History
Page: 272
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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.

A Thread Across the Ocean

The Heroic Story of the Transatlantic Cable
Author: John Steele Gordon
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781439568675
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 240
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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.

The Cable

Wire to the New World
Author: Gillian Cookson
Publisher: History PressLtd
ISBN: 9780752487861
Category: History
Page: 160
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The Cable

Empires of Light

Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse, and the Race to Electrify the World
Author: Jill Jonnes
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 9781588360007
Category: History
Page: 432
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In the final decades of the nineteenth century, three brilliant and visionary titans of America’s Gilded Age—Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, and George Westinghouse—battled bitterly as each vied to create a vast and powerful electrical empire. In Empires of Light, historian Jill Jonnes portrays this extraordinary trio and their riveting and ruthless world of cutting-edge science, invention, intrigue, money, death, and hard-eyed Wall Street millionaires. At the heart of the story are Thomas Alva Edison, the nation’s most famous and folksy inventor, creator of the incandescent light bulb and mastermind of the world’s first direct current electrical light networks; the Serbian wizard of invention Nikola Tesla, elegant, highly eccentric, a dreamer who revolutionized the generation and delivery of electricity; and the charismatic George Westinghouse, Pittsburgh inventor and tough corporate entrepreneur, an industrial idealist who in the era of gaslight imagined a world powered by cheap and plentiful electricity and worked heart and soul to create it. Edison struggled to introduce his radical new direct current (DC) technology into the hurly-burly of New York City as Tesla and Westinghouse challenged his dominance with their alternating current (AC), thus setting the stage for one of the eeriest feuds in American corporate history, the War of the Electric Currents. The battlegrounds: Wall Street, the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, Niagara Falls, and, finally, the death chamber—Jonnes takes us on the tense walk down a prison hallway and into the sunlit room where William Kemmler, convicted ax murderer, became the first man to die in the electric chair. Empires of Light is the gripping history of electricity, the “mysterious fluid,” and how the fateful collision of Edison, Tesla, and Westinghouse left the world utterly transformed. From the Hardcover edition.

Empire of Wealth

The Epic History of American Economic Power
Author: John Steele Gordon
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 9780060505127
Category: History
Page: 496
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Throughout time, from ancient Rome to modern Britain, the great empires built and maintained their domination through force of arms and political power. But not the United States. America has dominated the world in a new, peaceful, and pervasive way -- through the continued creation of staggering wealth. In this authoritative, engrossing history, John Steele Gordon captures as never before the true source of our nation's global influence: wealth and the capacity to create more of it. This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.

Tracks in the Sea

Matthew Fontaine Maury and the Mapping of the Oceans
Author: Chester G. Hearn
Publisher: International Marine Publishing Company
ISBN: N.A
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 278
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In 1840, Matthew Fontaine Maury became the first superintendent of the US Naval Observatory, where he began his life's work mapping the great ocean routes and providing sailing directions for navigators the world over. This book uses his career as a window on 19th-century maritime history: the ascendancy of the US as a maritime power; the brief, but glorious, clipper-ship era of the 1850s; the rise of steam and steel; and the Civil War and the destruction of the US merchant fleet.

Hamilton's Blessing

The Extraordinary Life and Times of Our National Debt
Author: John Steele Gordon
Publisher: Walker
ISBN: 9780802713230
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 224
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Measured at the staggering amount of $5.1 trillion (and growing every day) the national debt is unfathomable to most Americans. What we may not realize is that the United States was born out of debt. After the Revolution, the brilliant Alexander Hamilton was less interested in paying down the Revolutionary war debt than in using it to create a vibrant national economy. "If it is not excessive," he declared, "a national debt will be to us a national blessing." In a fascinating narrative brimming with colorful characters, historical accidents, and American ingenuity, business historian John Steele Gordon leads us on a tour of an American institution whose largely unknown story has been integrally entwined with our country's destiny. At key points in U.S. history, Gordon shows how the national debt has been a potent instrument of fiscal policy in keeping the world safe for democracy. But how much debt is too much? At a time when we despair of balancing even a single year's budget, Hamilton's Blessing provides much needed perspective - and hope. * Author writes the "Business of America" column in American Heritage magazine and is heard often on public radio's "Marketplace."

No One Thinks of Greenland

A Novel
Author: John Griesemer
Publisher: Picador
ISBN: 146680324X
Category: Fiction
Page: 352
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"You'll want to scratch." These spoken words open to us the strange and beguiling world of young Rudy Spruance, forced to join the military due to a mysterious past, and sent for some inexplicable reason to a top-secret military hospital in Greenland. There he meets a wide cast of unusual and colorful characters, outcasts and rejects all; begins to fall for the commanding officer's leggy and strong-willed girlfriend; and slowly uncovers the awful secret behind the portion of the base dubbed "the Wing."

Circuits in the Sea

The Men, the Ships, and the Atlantic Cable
Author: Chester G. Hearn
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780275982317
Category: History
Page: 280
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The scientific talent and technological prowess of two nations join forces to connect them with a communications cable that would change the world.

Book Lust

Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason
Author: Nancy Pearl
Publisher: Sasquatch Books
ISBN: 9781570613814
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 287
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Presents 170 themed reading lists designed for any type of reading, from "chick lit" to books on bicycling, covering a wide variety of tastes and topics.

The Book of Khalid


Author: Ameen Rihani
Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand
ISBN: 3732680789
Category: Fiction
Page: 208
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Reproduction of the original: The Book of Khalid by Ameen Rihani

The Great Game

The Emergence of Wall Street as a World Power, 1653-2000
Author: John Steele Gordon
Publisher: Scribner
ISBN: 9780743200431
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 319
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An acclaimed business historian presents an engaging and enlightening historyof Wall Street, from its humble beginnings as an American trading post to itsdomination of the world economy. Photos.

Washington's Monument

And the Fascinating History of the Obelisk
Author: John Steele Gordon
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 1620406527
Category: Architecture
Page: 224
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The colorful story behind one of America's greatest monuments and of the ancient obelisks of Egypt, now scattered around the world. Conceived soon after the American Revolution ended, the great monument to George Washington was not finally completed until almost a century later; the great obelisk was finished in 1884, and remains the tallest stone structure in the world at 555 feet. The story behind its construction is a largely untold and intriguing piece of American history, which acclaimed historian John Steele Gordon relates with verve, connecting it to the colorful saga of the ancient obelisks of Egypt. Nobody knows how many obelisks were crafted in ancient Egypt, or even exactly how they were created and erected since they are made out of hard granite and few known tools of the time were strong enough to work granite. Generally placed in pairs at the entrances to temples, they have in modern times been ingeniously transported around the world to Istanbul, Paris, London, New York, and many other locations. Their stories illuminate that of the Washington Monument, once again open to the public following earthquake damage, and offer a new appreciation for perhaps the most iconic memorial in the country.

Toilers of the Sea


Author: Victor Hugo
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category:
Page: 276
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Empire Express

Building the First Transcontinental Railroad
Author: David Haward Bain
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101658045
Category: History
Page: 816
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After the Civil War, the building of the transcontinental railroad was the nineteenth century's most transformative event. Beginning in 1842 with a visionary's dream to span the continent with twin bands of iron, Empire Express captures three dramatic decades in which the United States effectively doubled in size, fought three wars, and began to discover a new national identity. From self--made entrepreneurs such as the Union Pacific's Thomas Durant and era--defining figures such as President Lincoln to the thousands of laborers whose backbreaking work made the railroad possible, this extraordinary narrative summons an astonishing array of voices to give new dimension not only to this epic endeavor but also to the culture, political struggles, and social conflicts of an unforgettable period in American history.

The Idea Factory

Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation
Author: Jon Gertner
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0143122797
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 422
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Highlights achievements of Bell Labs as a leading innovator, exploring the role of its highly educated employees in developing new technologies while considering the qualities of companies where innovation and development are most successful.

Media and the American Mind

From Morse to McLuhan
Author: Daniel J. Czitrom
Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9780807841075
Category: Social Science
Page: 254
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In a fascinating and comprehensive intellectual history of modern communication in America, Daniel Czitrom examines the continuing contradictions between the progressive possibilities that new communications technologies offer and their use as instruments

City of Light

The Story of Fiber Optics
Author: Jeff Hecht
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
ISBN: 9780195162554
Category: Science
Page: 340
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City of Light tells the story of fiber optics, tracing its transformation from 19th-century parlor trick into the foundation of our global communications network. Written for a broad audience by a journalist who has covered the field for twenty years, the book is a lively account of both the people and the ideas behind this revolutionary technology. The basic concept underlying fiber optics was first explored in the 1840s when researchers used jets of water to guide light in laboratory demonstrations. The idea caught the public eye decades later when it was used to create stunning illuminated fountains at many of the great Victorian exhibitions. The modern version of fiber optics--using flexible glass fibers to transmit light--was discovered independently five times through the first half of the century, and one of its first key applications was the endoscope, which for the first time allowed physicians to look inside the body without surgery. Endoscopes became practical in 1956 when a college undergraduate discovered how to make solid glass fibers with a glass cladding. With the invention of the laser, researchers grew interested in optical communications. While Bell Labs and others tried to send laser beams through the atmosphere or hollow light pipes, a small group at Standard Telecommunication Laboratories looked at guiding light by transparent fibers. Led by the recipient of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physics, Charles K. Kao, they proposed the idea of fiber-optic communications and demonstrated that contrary to what many researchers thought glass could be made clear enough to transmit light over great distances. Following these ideas, Corning Glass Works developed the first low-loss glass fibers in 1970. From this point fiber-optic communications developed rapidly. The first experimental phone links were tested on live telephone traffic in 1977 and within half a dozen years long-distance companies were laying fiber cables for their national backbone systems. In 1988, the first transatlantic fiber-optic cable connected Europe with North America, and now fiber optics are the key element in global communications. The story continues today as fiber optics spread through the communication grid that connects homes and offices, creating huge information pipelines and replacing copper wires. The book concludes with a look at some of the exciting potential developments of this technology.

Slide Rule


Author: Nevil Shute
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307474186
Category: Fiction
Page: 300
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Nevil Shute was a pioneer in the world of flying long before he began to write the stories that made him a bestselling novelist. This autobiography charts Shute’s path from childhood to his career as a gifted aeronautical engineer working at the forefront of the technological experimentation of the 1920s and 30s. The inspiration for many of the themes and concerns of Shutes novels can be found in this enjoyable and enlightening memoir.