Conquering Gotham - A Gilded Age Epic: the Construction of Penn Station and Its Tunnels-logo

Conquering Gotham - A Gilded Age Epic: the Construction of Penn Station and Its Tunnels

Jill Jonnes

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.

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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Genres:

History

Description:

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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

David Drummond

Length:

11h 30m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:33


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

22:27


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

34:04


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

13:30


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

24:27


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

11:10


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

16:25


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

21:30


Part 1, Chapter 8
Part 1, Chapter 8

18:34


Part 1, Chapter 9
Part 1, Chapter 9

11:43


Part 1, Chapter 10
Part 1, Chapter 10

25:48


Part 1, Chapter 11
Part 1, Chapter 11

15:16


Part 1, Chapter 12
Part 1, Chapter 12

38:00


Part 2, Chapter 13
Part 2, Chapter 13

27:21


Part 2, Chapter 14
Part 2, Chapter 14

26:33


Part 2, Chapter 15
Part 2, Chapter 15

31:13


Part 2, Chapter 16
Part 2, Chapter 16

37:02


Part 2, Chapter 17
Part 2, Chapter 17

22:17


Part 2, Chapter 18
Part 2, Chapter 18

26:15


Part 2, Chapter 19
Part 2, Chapter 19

19:50


Part 2, Chapter 20
Part 2, Chapter 20

22:17


Part 2, Chapter 21
Part 2, Chapter 21

31:59


Part 2, Chapter 22
Part 2, Chapter 22

34:07


Part 2, Chapter 23
Part 2, Chapter 23

30:27


Part 2, Chapter 24
Part 2, Chapter 24

39:19


Part 2, Chapter 25
Part 2, Chapter 25

40:27


Part 2, Chapter 26
Part 2, Chapter 26

47:17


Part 2, Chapter 27
Part 2, Chapter 27

00:23