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A Thread Across the Ocean

John Steele Gordon

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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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Scott Brick

Length:

6h 28m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

00:14


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

06:17


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:22


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:06


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:11


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:54


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:01


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:51


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:56


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:05


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:10


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:25


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:21


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:54


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:54


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:08


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:43


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:18


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:02


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:11


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:24


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:23


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:25


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:45


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:48


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:10


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:20


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:56


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:41


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:31


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:37


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:35


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:45


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:16


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:25


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:39


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:01


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:08


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:28


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:55


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:54


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:54


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:13


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:46


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:17


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:28


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:13


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:16


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:02


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:17


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:39


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:54


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:34


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

08:49


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

07:22


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:29


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:59


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:17


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:37


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:44


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:11


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

00:28