The Path Between the Seas

  • by David McCullough
  • Narrated by Nelson Runger
  • 31 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Winner of the National Book Award for history, The Path Between the Seas tells the story of the men and women who fought against all odds to fulfill the 400-year-old dream of constructing an aquatic passageway between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. It is a story of astonishing engineering feats, tremendous medical accomplishments, political power plays, heroic successes, and tragic failures. McCullough expertly weaves the many strands of this momentous event into a captivating tale.
Like his masterful, Pulitzer Prize-winning biography John Adams, David McCullough's The Path Between the Seas has the sweep and vitality of a great novel. This audiobook is a must-listen for anyone interested in American history, international intrigue, and human drama.


What the Critics Say

National Book Award, History, 1978

"A chunk of history full of giant-sized characters and rich in political skullduggery." (Newsweek)


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Customer Reviews

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Amazing accomplishment in history

I finished it in 2 weeks but I want to listen it again and again.

My favorite part is the revolution and independence of Panama despite the strong opposition of the colombian government.
The support and big effort made by Theodore Roosevelt to complete the canal , by his engineers; and the total eradication of malaria who killed thousands of workers during the construction.
I recommend this lecture 100%
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No Stone Unturned

I can understand why "The Path Between the Seas", about the Panama Canal is getting mix reviews from other listeners. I'm only the fourth person to write a review on this audiobook and the audio was published just a few years ago. The print version was published over 30 years ago, but the information is not outdated because the Panama Canal is a part of the Earth that was man made.

If you are not familiar with David McCullough, you will have a rough time getting through any of his books because he will go on and on with detail after detail. There is no stone unturned when he writes about our history. This is why you always know at what you are purchasing when listening to one of his titles.

David McCullough is a legend among the greats. He will tell you the back stories beyond the focal point, that no one ever bother talking about. They are usually human interest stories on the crew that helped build the structure, or the troops that fought in the war.

Reading about the Panama Canal was a bit tiring just because I've read a lot of other titles from McCullough this year. The Path Between the Seas was the third book from this historian when it got published in 1977. It won several awards, but he didn't get his first Pulitzer Prize until 16 years after for Truman. If you are a fan of this historian, you must need to invest your time at reading Truman. By far, it is just one of his best.

As for The Path Between the Seas, it's another apart of history that I totally skipped over when I was in school, but I'm enjoying it now.

As I mentioned before, I've read a lot from David McCullough in the past months and kind of need to take a break, but I am never disappointed of any of his titles.

It's the details that keeps the listener to keep listening.
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- Tim

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-24-2011
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio