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The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914

Abridged Audiobook

Written By: David McCullough

Narrated By: Edward Herrmann

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: June 2003

Duration: 9 hours 0 minutes

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.

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  • Debbie Farrow

    I wanted to love, love, love this audio book because of my personal connection with the Panama Canal, but found it to be a rather dry read. The narration is beautifully done in an authoritative tone. It is a book filled with great detail (even some facts I didn't know after living in the Canal Zone for so many years). I recommend it for anyone with interest in the Canal or a penchant for history.

  • Home Boy

    Wow, unbelievable what they did. This book chronicles the ups and downs of this gargantuan effort. Well written, thoroughly engaging.

  • Shane Nixon

    I have developed this sort of affection for the Panama Canal and the history surrounding it. I am a history buff. I like David McCullough. If all those things are true for you, you are going to love this book. I one or two of them is, you will like it. If only one is true, you might simply enjoy it for a while. If, however, none of those is true for you, even McCullough's mastery as a historical story teller will most likely not be enough. Just to much detail. I enjoyed it, just thought it was a little long.

  • Anonymous

    The facination with the Panama Canal is easily satified with this excellent book. History that I did not know and corrections of some that I thought that I knew. I find a great desire to travel the canal just to view the places painted in the pages of this excellent book.

  • Lee Werley

    I enjoyed this story but it could have been shorter. I learned more about the canal than I every remember hearing about. My wife spent several months living at the canal before I met her and we were able to discuss the canal in greater detail.

  • Anonymous

    The book was pretty good. I haven't read much non-fiction literature, so I don't have much to compare by, but the story was engaging and the pace kept your attention. The narrator was un-offensive, even pretty good. He even threw in a few accents when he was reading a quote. My only major complaint is the abridgement. There were a few times where I felt I must have suffered a memory lapse, left wondering "how'd we get here", before I remembered the book was abridged. The book traces the history from the French attempt at building the canal to the completion of it by the Americans. It covers mostly the political aspects surrounding the project but also discusses the work/health/living conditions of the workers. There wasn't much technical description of the canal itself until the end of the book.

  • Juan Herena

    I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. The failure of the French attempt to build the canal was dramatically told, and contrasted with the Americans' resolution to apply advances in medicine, engineering, and transportation to avoid the same fate. McCullough doesn't lionize the Americans, however; his account of the political machinations undertaken by Theodore Roosevelt and others to prise Panama out of Colombian control is unsparing. It was precisely this kind of ruthlessness that eventually succeeded in fulfilling a great dream.

  • Michael Scott

    Fascinating read. I only wish I knew about this book BEFORE I went through the canal last year. I only wish it included an update to present day, now that the US has handed control of the Canal to Panama. I am very surprised that more was not mentioned of the military significance of the canal itself to the US. Am also disappointed that there is no UNABRIDGED version available, though this is of no fault of Simply Audiobooks.

  • Lynette Dupee-Schmidt

    What a wonderfully told story of such rich historical, medical, geographical, political significance. The best way to learn one's history is through storytelling such as this. First rate!

  • Anonymous

    I found the Path Between the Seas very interesting. Covered from 1870's and France's attempt thru 1914 completion. At times it was difficult to keep track of who was who but very interesting all the same.

Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914

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