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A little bit for everyone: international intrigue, history, finance, public health, history, engineering. But alas this is an abridged version. From my perspective, to much time was spent on the politics in Washington to build the canal and not enough time on the engineering and public health issues of building the canal. Perhaps the unabridged version, unfortunately not available on Audible :-(, gave more time to the subjects I found of interest.
I would have liked to have seen Ambrose written on the subject. With his writing on the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads and how they came to be, he would have done a masterful job with equal weightings to all the subjects mentioned above.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
David McCullough's work should NEVER be abridged...but if abridgements of his work MUST be offered, an unabridged version should go without saying. It is a matter of profound wonder and amazement that this work is not available in its entirety. What were you guys thinking? Edward Hermann is an outstanding narrator. But I feel cheated. I somehow missed that this outstanding work was abridged. I would have never purchased it had I known that it was.
I don't get it.
15 of 16 people found this review helpful
hard work to get through. so detailed as to be dull. little in the construction or impact but heavy on French company structure. learned little about the canal from this. dull.