Today, in a world in which news flashes around the globe in an instant, time lags are inconceivable. In the mid-nineteenth century, communication between the United States and Europe -- the center of world affairs -- was only as quick as the fastest ship could cross the Atlantic, making the United States isolated and vulnerable.
But in 1866, the Old and New Worlds were united by the successful laying of a cable across the Atlantic. John Steele Gordon's book chronicles this extraordinary achievement -- the brainchild of American businessman Cyrus Field and one of the greatest engineering feats of the nineteenth century. An epic struggle, it required a decade of effort, numerous failed attempts, millions of dollars in capital, a near disaster at sea, the overcoming of seemingly insurmountable technological problems, and uncommon physical, financial, and intellectual courage. Bringing to life an overlooked story in the annals of technology, John Steele Gordon sheds fascinating new light on this American saga that literally changed the world.
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A Thread Across the Ocean. Although it took about 12 years and 5 attempts to finally get the transatlantic cable down and running, Field never lost sight of his goal and never gave up. He also invested hundreds of thousands of dollars of his own money back in the days when a dollar really meant something.
John Steele Gordon's book chronicles this extraordinary achievement - the brainchild of American businessman Cyrus Field and one of the greatest engineering feats of the nineteenth century.
John Steele Gordon's book chronicles this extraordinary achievement, one of the greatest engineering feats of the . A popular and easy-reading history of the transatlantic cable
John Steele Gordon's book chronicles this extraordinary achievement, one of the greatest engineering feats of the nineteenth century and perhaps of all time. A popular and easy-reading history of the transatlantic cable. As befits an author, John Steele Gordon, who writes business history, the central figure is Cyrus Field, the American who didn’t know.
A Thread Across the Ocean is full of fascinating facts leading up to the transatlantic telephone cab. Published by LLS, 5 months ago. My students were fascinated by the equipment outside our classroom that was laying new fiberoptic cable. I mentioned that I would have liked to have seen the transatlantic telephone cables laid. They had never heard of them. They wondered why they were needed. I'm so glad that I got this book for myself as well as for them. It gives a lot of background information that my students might think unnecessary, but it shows why the cables were so important.
The idea for the scheme began in 1854 when a young New York entrepreneur, Cyrus Field, became enamored with the idea of laying a 2,000 mile long telegraph cable across the Atlantic between Ireland and Newfoundland. At that time it typically took as long as a month for news to travel by ship from Europe to America. Field believed oceanic telegraphy would be commercially viable and quickly raised money for the project. It took him twelve years and five failed attempts to succeed.
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But when they were done, these men had changed the world.