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The Race Underground: Boston, New York, and the Incredible Rivalry That Built America’s First Subway

The Race Underground: Boston, New York, and the Incredible Rivalry That Built America’s First Subway

  • Title: The Race Underground: Boston, New York, and the Incredible Rivalry That Built America’s First Subway
  • Author: Doug Most
  • ISBN: 9780312591328
  • Page: 263
  • Format: Hardcover
The Race Underground: Boston, New York, and the Incredible Rivalry That Built America’s First Subway By Doug Most,

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I love trains and I love urban history so this history of the Boston and New York underground railroads was tailor made for me, especially since the two subway systems have been part of my life for over 50 years The Race Underground is not just a story of railroads, it s also a mini history of Boston and New York packed perhaps too closely for comfort with memorable characters like Henry Melville Whitney who ran his father s Metropolitan Steamship Company In the late 1860s Henry began buying up [...]

I won this book as a first reads giveaway and was excited to get into this one as I thought it would be to my likings an interesting subject, a competitive backstory with political innuendo, a host of turn of the century power broker types all with an angle to work Unfortunately for me, the book just never hit on all cylinders There were places I found interesting tidbits but as a whole I wasn t captivated to the level of enthusiasm I had for the Eric Larson books that the marketing blurb shippe [...]

I won this book in exchange for an honest review.I unfortunately could not bring myself to finish this book I found several challenges with this book Of what I have read, I have found this book to be fraught with convoluted chapters, a multitude of secondary characters who appear for no than one chapter and absolutely no flow The author will begin a chapter and I would find myself saying, what does this have to do with anything In a way I can applaud Mr Most s use of detailed historical informa [...]

The marketing blurb for The Race Underground, a book I won in a advanced reading giveaway, sets up a historical thriller nonfiction novel, almost, on par with Erik Larson and his reporting and narration of important historical events with a flair for creating interesting characters Well, I hated what little of Erik Larson I have read, and I was disappointed by Doug Most s book in the exact same way Like Larson, Most s book has a general disconnect of events, shoddy writing and poor punctuation a [...]

Doug Most tried to tell what could have been an epic story but turns it into a muddled story which focuses on the politics of building the first subway then on the great engineering story which it was He says in one sentence what he misses when he says how the great failure of the London subway was that it was not copied for 30 years This makes for a weak story from could have been epic It does make some great points along the way which raised my hope, for example when he talks about the coloni [...]

Doug Most s history is solidly founded, but The Race Underground is burdened by unnecessary pretensions to tension and superfluous human interest flourishes that seek to emotionalize a titanic tale of infrastructure but just get in the way.Firstly, the incredible rivalry advertised in the subtitle doesn t stand up over the book s 416 pages New York City and Boston both sought solutions to overcrowded, polluted streets In the same roughly 60 year span they made halting progress towards the day wh [...]

The book was an interesting read but I felt that its title really misrepresented its contents A race It took decades for each city to get its subway from its first public statement to its first shovel in the ground, and each city, especially New York, tried several other options before they basically reached a point where an electric subway was the only option to fix their traffic and population growth problems Various obstacles mostly came about through someone or group s greed, self interest, [...]

I really enjoyed this well researched and well written look at the development of the subway as the primary means of transportation in the late 19th century Most has done a great job of portraying the problems, the solutions, and all the people and politics involved The book was well written and flowed well I often dislike nonfiction because it tries to follow too many threads unsuccessfully, but not so here I read an advance readers copy i hope the final edition has maps and photos That would m [...]

This is the true story, not so much about THE building of the Boston and New York subways, but about HOW they were able to be built Politics, greed and corruption put up many struggles against the city planners who had their visions of solving the horse drawn streetcar traffic above the surface, as well as overly supersticious citizens who shuttered at the idea of having to ride their own Underground.This book goes into greatly detailed biographies of the characters at play, which would be a bet [...]

Whenever I travel to a city with a subway system, I marvel at how in the world such a thing could have been built over a century ago This book gives so many amazing insights into how it was done, and lots of anecdotes about the politics and financing that went into several of the major cities history of building their own subway systems My only criticism is that the time line bounces around a lot, and jumps from city to city so much that it was hard to keep track of what was happening where and [...]

Growing up in Boston, I spent the better part of my youth riding the T starting in the early 50 s right until I graduated college in the mid 60 s I loved the subways and found the maze of underground, elevated and surface lines a fascinating way to get around and see different parts of the city For a pittance a dime I think I could ride around all day and go from bus to elevated to subway to trolly and back again Wow A lot of fun for a 10 year old exploring on his own if only my parents knew Dur [...]

I was pretty disappointed with this book I find the subject matter very interesting the development of the subway systems in Boston and, especially, New York and really wish this had been a better book The book includes excerpts from reviews as many books do and one reviewer from The New York Times compared it to David McCullough s The Great Bridge and Erik Larson s Devil in the White City Unfortunately, it s Larson than McCullough Author Doug Most seems too interested in letting us know how co [...]

This book was mentioned in an Alumni magazine I get I was surprised to find that our library system had several copies It is the first non fiction book I have read in ages I usually read mysteries set outside the US This book is ok, but has several deficiencies The principal one is the lack of any maps or graphics How you can exclude them from a book which includes street railways, elevated trains and finally the subways is a real mystery They are easy to produce these days I also found the lang [...]

The race underground covers the history of the first subways in America which centers around Boston and New York A rivalry of two brothers growing up at the height of the gilded age would bring for the luminaries in public policy, urban revitalization and science to develop an electric based mass transit system to improve life in both cities From the crowded world of horse drawn streetcars, elevated rail lines and carriages came the vision for a public funded but privately administered subway sy [...]

As a fan of Boston history, I looked to this book for its Boston centric content, and as such, I may be different than the average reader I have to agree with the negative reviewers here, in that the book is a jumble of stories, not all particularly well told I did learn something about the building of Boston s subway, but I was left with the feeling that I had missed much of the story For instance, a map of the downtown Boston horsecar system would have been nice, at a minimum Little was said a [...]

Doug Most s The Race Underground Boston, New York, and the Incredible Rivalry That Built America s First Subway covers an interesting period in history, when major cities were looking to find other modes of transportation to serve their citizens due to congestion and limited places to leave carts The two Whitney brothers decided to look underground for a solution, and the subway was born.The book almost felt disconnected at times It could have flowed better, as it was choppy and hard to follow i [...]

Fascinating story about the building of the Boston and New York City subways The book deals with the history leading up to the construction of the subways, including all the technical scientific battles waged as to what was a better way to go, subway, vs elevated trains, vs cable cars, etc It also details all the political infighting that goes on with these types of decisions, and describes all the various people involved in making such a massive undertaking a reality Very interesting book, and [...]

Full disclosure I received a free ARC of the book from the publisher.It s a competent book, but not necessarily an engrossing one I never really got any sense of sustained dramatic tension This is partly a result of the structure, which is somewhat jumbled But than that, it just isn t a fundamentally dramatic story There weren t apparently insurmountable engineering problems in either city, and in no sense did they race each other to finish a subway first In fact, the process in both Boston and [...]

Ever read a good book that just seem to be all over the place.If not and you wold like to then this is the book for you.I did enjoy the story but it felt like it was not focused, as if threw everything and everyone that was a thing at the time in to the story I felt like I was in mid 1800 s late 1800 s and the 1902 from sentence to sentence.I enjoyed the pace and the story but really felt like it could have been better at focusing on the main story.

I found this book totally fascinating and very interesting I rarely read nonfiction, but when I do it tends to be this type a historical book This was even fascinating for me because I live in Boston Worth reading if you like history

Interesting material, but too dry Even by my standards.

Interesting book and I learned a lot but it got really slow at certain points

I picked up this book because subway travel like electric light preceded my birth and so I never realized how life changing those inventions were in the 19th century Overcrowded city streets polluted with the stench of horse manure from coachmen were dangerous and unclean the overhead street cars powered by steam then electricity were not much improvement to travel safety nor were they immune to snowstorms that shut them down The underground in the 19th century was a complex undertaking to tunne [...]

Halfway mark for the 2017 challenge I m mostly on schedule but definitely having trouble keeping up with a new job and not so much in the way of down time But, I m really appreciating that the challenge encourages me to find time to read when I otherwise would not have time On the The Race Underground In a version of the library of babel where every person gets their own library designed for their particular quirks and interests, this book would be right on my shelf I m many brands of nerd, but [...]

The title of this book is completely misleading There is no race here Quite the opposite really two cities trying their hardest to avoid putting public transportation underground until it was obvious there was no other reasonable option and even then, could hardly find a contractor willing to attempt it There was also absolutely no rivalry The book is overfull of unnecessary and uninteresting detail and I m saying that as somebody with three engineering degrees including one in civil engineering [...]

As a longtime Bostonian who rides the T daily, I found this book a fascinating history and importantly a remarkable lens through which we can evaluate the politics of transportation policy today The rivalry between New York and Boston, in these pages, is much one of co opetition than a race, but it worked well from a narrative perspective and kept things from moving along.The author, whose prose I ve read for years in the Boston Globe and its special publications, does fall prey to spending a [...]

An engaging story about Transportation, Subways, Boston, and NYC I read this in the space that I d normally read fiction to unwind, and the story was as engaging as any good fictional story Most makes it clear that building the subways was as much about politics and people as it was about technology The only minor flaws I found in the book were a couple of confusing sections where I wasn t sure if I missed a connection between two ideas or if it was in fact missing, and that it was sometimes ver [...]

I really enjoyed this book, but I approached this from a background of having read a children s book about The Secret Subway of Beach That sent me onto a young adult book that had detail about Beach s one block subway and told me about the subway building of both Boston and New York That led me onto this adult book on tunnel building and subways around the world.While I did find the beginning a little dry I was interested in how man grabbed the problems of putting transportation under rivers an [...]

As a New Yorker turned Bostonian, I m fondly attached to both cities featured in this book I love the old detailed history, and all the fascinating stories behind the people and environmental factors that built both subway systems It was pretty wild to read about the building of the oldest subway tunnel in the US while riding a subway car right through it There were way too many characters, though many named people that were only featured for a few pages It got very confusing to remember who did [...]

I liked this book fine it was by no means the best nonfiction I ve read but the audiobook at 2x speed kept me interested enough listened while commuting on MTA one thing that did come up a lot was so much extraneous detail that was unnecessary it did I good job of showing the little details of everyday life at the time but at first it seemed like these things were being mentioned because they would later be significant and they never were some dude drinks a pilsner before going to bed I was like [...]


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