By Doug Most
In the overdue 19th century, as towns like Boston and manhattan grew extra congested, the streets turned clogged with plodding, horse-drawn carts. while the good snowstorm of 1888 crippled the full northeast, an answer needed to be came across. brothers from one of many nation's nice families-Henry Melville Whitney of Boston and William Collins Whitney of latest York-pursued the dream of his urban digging America's first subway, and the good race was once on. the contest among Boston and long island performed out in an period no longer in contrast to our personal, one in every of fiscal upheaval, life-changing concepts, classification battle, sour political tensions, and the query of America's position within the world.
The Race Underground is peopled with the recognized, like Boss Tweed, Grover Cleveland and Thomas Edison, and the not-so-famous, from incredible engineers to the numerous "sandhogs" who shoveled, hoisted and blasted their method into the earth's crust, occasionally wasting their lives within the building of the tunnels. Doug such a lot chronicles the technology of the subway, seems on the centuries of fears humans overcame approximately touring underground and tells a narrative as intriguing as any ever ripped from the pages of U.S. historical past. The Race Underground is a smart American saga of 2 rival American towns, their wealthy, robust and occasionally corrupt pursuits, and an invention that modified the lives of millions.