RSFC Book Corner (historical edition)

RSFC Book Corner (historical edition)

Post by marty mcmahon » Wed, 21 Jul 2004 21:55:01


Just finished a book that was much more interesting than I expected.  Picked
up David McCollough's book *The Path Between the Seas* about the building of
the Panama Canal.  Probably wouldn't have touched it if it hadn't been
McCollough who wrote it, but it was quite interesting.  The combination of
engineering feets, leadership disasters, political power plays, economic
working, human brilliance and human stupidity is quite a story.

Worth a read.

Marty

 
 
 

RSFC Book Corner (historical edition)

Post by Harry Boswel » Fri, 23 Jul 2004 21:14:36

On Tue, 20 Jul 2004 12:55:01 GMT, "marty mcmahone"

Quote:

>Just finished a book that was much more interesting than I expected.  Picked
>up David McCollough's book *The Path Between the Seas* about the building of
>the Panama Canal.  Probably wouldn't have touched it if it hadn't been
>McCollough who wrote it, but it was quite interesting.  The combination of
>engineering feets, leadership disasters, political power plays, economic
>working, human brilliance and human stupidity is quite a story.

>Worth a read.

Try "Rising Tide", by John Barry (I think).  It's about the flood
control efforst along the Mississippi River over the past 160 years.
Sounds dry (no anti-pun intended), but it's a surprisingly good read.

HB

 
 
 

RSFC Book Corner (historical edition)

Post by Andrew Smit » Sat, 24 Jul 2004 11:53:46


Quote:
> On Tue, 20 Jul 2004 12:55:01 GMT, "marty mcmahone"

> >Just finished a book that was much more interesting than I expected.
Picked
> >up David McCollough's book *The Path Between the Seas* about the building
of
> >the Panama Canal.  Probably wouldn't have touched it if it hadn't been
> >McCollough who wrote it, but it was quite interesting.  The combination
of
> >engineering feets, leadership disasters, political power plays, economic
> >working, human brilliance and human stupidity is quite a story.

> >Worth a read.

> Try "Rising Tide", by John Barry (I think).  It's about the flood
> control efforst along the Mississippi River over the past 160 years.
> Sounds dry (no anti-pun intended), but it's a surprisingly good read.

Same w/ the Tulane guy's book about the Missisippi River flood of '29.

a.