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civil-engineering, west-point, progress, nyc
I was only expecting an interesting doctoral thesis, but this is a history geek's delight! How many civilians bother to wonder about the curricula of West Point beyond the military stuff? Once challenged, it is obvious that civil engineering would be mandatory both for war involvement and reconstruction. And what do graduates do after military service? They insert their knowledge into infrastructure. In the time and place of this study we are talking mostly about things like Prospect Park and the Brooklyn Bridge, just to name my favorites. The exploration of the impact of graduates upon the structure of NYC in the 19th century is well organized and also clearly informative to several kinds of geeks. Like me.
I was fortunate to have my request for an audio copy filled in a giveaway, but it is definitely worth paying for.
Mark Kamish does really well as narrator in that his voice is pleasant, speech clearly understandable, and cadence smooth.
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This is definitely written for a niche market, but for fans of military history, civil engineering or the history of New York, it is an absolute gem. The stories and anecdotes it contains are fascinating, and the research is top notch. I was very impressed with the level of detail and the coherent way in which the information was presented. It was interesting to learn the specifics of city infrastructure development in the 1800s.
Personally, I have no interest in New York at all, but I do like history and engineering and have family connections to West Point. I considered this a worthwhile listen.
I received this audiobook for free at my request from the author, publisher or narrator. This has in no way affected my review.