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Riassunto: Last Train to Paradise is acclaimed novelist Les Standiford?s fast-paced and gripping true account of the extraordinary construction and spectacular demise of the Key West Railroad?one of the greatest engineering feats ever undertaken, destroyed in one fell swoop by the strongest storm ever to hit U.S. shores.
In 1904, the brilliant and driven entrepreneur Henry Flagler, partner to John D. Rockefeller and the true mastermind behind Standard Oil, concocted the dream of a railway connecting the island of Key West to the Florida mainland, crossing a staggering 153 miles of open ocean?an engineering challenge beyond even that of the Panama Canal.
?The financiers considered the project and said, Unthinkable. The engineers pondered the problems and from all came one verdict, Impossible. . . .? But build it they did, and the railroad stood as a magnificent achievement for twenty-two years. Once dismissed as ?Flagler?s Folly,? it was heralded as ?the Eighth Wonder of the World??until a will even greater than Flagler?s rose up in opposition. In 1935, a hurricane of exceptional force, which would be dubbed ?the Storm of the Century,? swept through the tiny islands, killing some 700 residents and workmen and washing away all but one sixty-foot section of track, on which a 320,000-pound railroad engine stood and ?gripped its rails as if the gravity of Jupiter were pressing upon it.? Standiford brings the full force and fury of this storm to terrifying life.
In spinning his saga of the railroad?s construction, Standiford immerses us in the treacherous world of the thousands of workers who beat their way through infested swamps, lived in fragile tent cities on barges anchored in the midst of daunting stretches of ocean, and suffered from a remarkable succession of three ominous hurricanes that killed many and washed away vast stretches of track. Steadfast through every setback, Flagler inspired a loyalty in his workers so strong that even after a hurricane dislodged one of the railroad?s massive pilings, casting doubt over the viability of the entire project, his engineers refused to be beaten. The question was no longer ?Could it be done?? but ?Can we make it to Key West on time?? to allow Flagler to ride the rails of his dream.
Last Train to Paradise celebrates this crowning achievement of Gilded Age ambition, a sweeping tale of the powerful forces of human ingenuity colliding with the even greater forces of nature?s wrath.
From the Hardcover edition.
Sinossi: An oversized, limited commemorative edition of acclaimed South Florida author Les Standiford?s gripping true account of the extraordinary construction and spectacular demise of the Key West extension of Henry Flagler?s Florida East Coast Railway, originally published in 2002 and now in its 20th printing. This edition, commemorating the completion of the Over-Sea Railroad, January 22, 1912, includes a linen cloth cover, special heavy stock, silver foil stamping, a double gatefold, a hand-tipped map, and 150 new and vintage photographs and illustrations. Curators and historians at the Library of Congress, the Monroe County Library in Key West, and at the Flagler Museum in Palm Beach assisted Creative Director Petra Mason with image sourcing, as did staff at The Cooper-Hewitt Museum, New York. Many of the images in this edition have never been published before. A Books & Books Press production in association with Motherland Miami and The Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, Palm Beach, Florida. 328 pages10 ½ x 8 ½ 150 illustrations HC ISBN 978-0-9839378-0-7$60.00 (Author)
Titolo: THE LAST TRAIN TO PARADISE Henry Flagler and...
Casa editrice: Henry Morrison Flagler Museum
Condizione libro: Like New
Descrizione libro Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, Palm Beack, Florida, 2002. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Near Fine. No Jacket. 1st Edition. A clean unmarked copy in excellent condition. Centennial Edition. Green cloth. 328 pages. Signed by Author(s). Codice libro della libreria 006017
Descrizione libro Henry Morrison Flagler Museum. Condizione libro: Good. A copy that has been read, but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact (including dust cover, if applicable). The spine may show signs of wear. Pages can include limited notes and highlighting, and the copy can include "From the library of" labels or limited small stickers. Book may have a remainder mark or be a price cutter. Codice libro della libreria E-02-01-06-0253
Descrizione libro Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, Florida, 2002. Hard Cover. Condizione libro: Near MINT. Condizione sovraccoperta: Near MINT. 1st Edition. 328 pages, 1.17kg. Green cloth boards embossed with silver lettering and design, Near MINT in a Near MINT d/w. Fully illustrated with b/w and colour photographs, including fold-out. Owing to the weight, extra shipping overseas will be required. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Codice libro della libreria 18498
Descrizione libro Condizione libro: Good. Book Condition: Good. Codice libro della libreria 97809839378074.0
Descrizione libro Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, 2011. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Codice libro della libreria P02098393780X
Descrizione libro Flagler Museum, 2012. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. No Jacket. This is a brand new *SIGNED* copy of the gorgeous Centennial Edition (2012) of this Florida classic about the "extraordinary construction and spectacular demise of the Key West railroad -- one of the greatest engineering feats ever undertaken, destroyed in one fell swoop by the Labor Day hurricane of 1935." (Publisher's blurb) Written and signed without inscription on the title page by prolific novelist Les Standiford, this edition features dark green cloth embossed in silver, and includes numerous illustrations and photographs, some in vintage black and white, others in color. A great story and perfect gift for anyone interested in Florida's history, railroading, or the collecting of beautiful books. Signed by Author(s). Codice libro della libreria ABH199
Descrizione libro Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, 2013. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Used: Good. Commemoratiave Centennial Editio. Codice libro della libreria SONG098393780X
Descrizione libro Condizione libro: Very Good. This book is in good condition and ready for immediate shipment to any US location by an experienced seller. CDs and Access codes and other peripherals may not be included as is the case with most used books. Thanks for shopping with us. book. Codice libro della libreria 3623309
Descrizione libro Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, 2011. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 098393780X