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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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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes. If you like US history you will love this.
What did you like best about this story?
The way the story is told. It was almost like having a conversation with the engineers.
Which scene was your favorite?
How, who and why Central Park was formed and also the water supply system for NYC
Any additional comments?
If you are a History nut like myself you should enjoy this book.