A Thread Across the Ocean

Author: John Steele Gordon
Publisher:
ISBN: 1439568677
Release Date: 2008-11-03
Genre: Technology & Engineering

Describes the laying of a cable across the Atlantic Ocean in 1866, exploring the physical, financial, and technological challenges of the project and assessing the impact of the cable on the course of twentieth-century history.

A Thread Across the Ocean

Author: John Steele Gordon
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 9780060524463
Release Date: 2003-07-01
Genre: History

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.

A Thread Across the Ocean

Author: John Steele Gordon
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 9780802713643
Release Date: 2002-06-01
Genre: Technology & Engineering

Describes the successful laying of a cable across the Atlantic Ocean in 1866, exploring the physical, financial, and technological challenges of the project and assessing the impact of the cable on the course of twentieth-century history.

The Cable

Author: Gillian Cookson
Publisher: History PressLtd
ISBN: 0752487868
Release Date: 2013-06-01
Genre: History

The Cable

The Business of America

Author: John Steele Gordon
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 9780802776358
Release Date: 2002-06-01
Genre: Business & Economics

Surveying almost 400 years of enterprise on this continent, "The Business of America" celebrates the high points and occasional lows in the history of business, from colonial days to the present.

Hamilton s Blessing

Author: John Steele Gordon
Publisher: Walker
ISBN: 0802713238
Release Date: 1997-02-01
Genre: Business & Economics

Measured at the staggering amount of $5.1 trillion (and growing every day) the national debt is unfathomable to most Americans. What we may not realize is that the United States was born out of debt. After the Revolution, the brilliant Alexander Hamilton was less interested in paying down the Revolutionary war debt than in using it to create a vibrant national economy. "If it is not excessive," he declared, "a national debt will be to us a national blessing." In a fascinating narrative brimming with colorful characters, historical accidents, and American ingenuity, business historian John Steele Gordon leads us on a tour of an American institution whose largely unknown story has been integrally entwined with our country's destiny. At key points in U.S. history, Gordon shows how the national debt has been a potent instrument of fiscal policy in keeping the world safe for democracy. But how much debt is too much? At a time when we despair of balancing even a single year's budget, Hamilton's Blessing provides much needed perspective - and hope. * Author writes the "Business of America" column in American Heritage magazine and is heard often on public radio's "Marketplace."

Tracks in the Sea

Author: Chester G. Hearn
Publisher: International Marine Publishing Company
ISBN: UCSD:31822031540396
Release Date: 2002
Genre: Sports & Recreation

In 1840, Matthew Fontaine Maury became the first superintendent of the US Naval Observatory, where he began his life's work mapping the great ocean routes and providing sailing directions for navigators the world over. This book uses his career as a window on 19th-century maritime history: the ascendancy of the US as a maritime power; the brief, but glorious, clipper-ship era of the 1850s; the rise of steam and steel; and the Civil War and the destruction of the US merchant fleet.

Circuits in the Sea

Author: Chester G. Hearn
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 0275982319
Release Date: 2004
Genre: History

The scientific talent and technological prowess of two nations join forces to connect them with a communications cable that would change the world.

Empire of Wealth

Author: John Steele Gordon
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0060505125
Release Date: 2005-10-25
Genre: History

Throughout time, from ancient Rome to modern Britain, the great empires built and maintained their domination through force of arms and political power. But not the United States. America has dominated the world in a new, peaceful, and pervasive way -- through the continued creation of staggering wealth. In this authoritative, engrossing history, John Steele Gordon captures as never before the true source of our nation's global influence: wealth and the capacity to create more of it. This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.

Book Lust

Author: Nancy Pearl
Publisher: Sasquatch Books
ISBN: 9781570616594
Release Date: 2009-09-29
Genre: Literary Criticism

What to read next is every book lover's greatest dilemma. Nancy Pearl comes to the rescue with this wide-ranging and fun guide to the best reading new and old. Pearl, who inspired legions of litterateurs with "What If All (name the city) Read the Same Book," has devised reading lists that cater to every mood, occasion, and personality. These annotated lists cover such topics as mother-daughter relationships, science for nonscientists, mysteries of all stripes, African-American fiction from a female point of view, must-reads for kids, books on bicycling, "chick-lit," and many more. Pearl's enthusiasm and taste shine throughout.

Lending Credibility

Author: Randall W. Stone
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 9781400824434
Release Date: 2012-01-06
Genre: Political Science

With the end of the Cold War, the International Monetary Fund emerged as the most powerful international institution in history. But how much influence can the IMF exert over fiercely contested issues in domestic politics that affect the lives of millions? In Lending Credibility, Randall Stone develops the first systematic approach to answering this question. Deploying an arsenal of methods from a range of social sciences rarely combined, he mounts a forceful challenge to conventional wisdom. Focusing on the former Soviet bloc, Stone finds that the IMF is neither as powerful as some critics fear, nor as weak as others believe, but that the answer hinges on the complex factor of how much credibility it can muster from country to country. Stone begins by building a formal, game-theoretic model of lending credibility, which he then subjects to sophisticated quantitative testing on original data from twenty-six countries over the 1990s. Next come detailed, interview-based case studies on negotiations between the IMF and Russia, Ukraine, Poland, and Bulgaria. Stone asserts that the IMF has exerted startling influence over economic policy in smaller countries, such as Poland and Bulgaria. However, where U.S. foreign policy interests come more heavily into play, as in Russia, the IMF cannot credibly commit to enforcing the loans-for-policy contract. This erodes its ability to facilitate enduring market reforms. Stone's context is the postcommunist transition in Europe and Asia, but his findings carry implications for IMF activities the world over.

The Great Game

Author: John Steele Gordon
Publisher: Scribner
ISBN: 0743200438
Release Date: 2000
Genre: Business & Economics

An acclaimed business historian presents an engaging and enlightening historyof Wall Street, from its humble beginnings as an American trading post to itsdomination of the world economy. Photos.

City of Light

Author: Jeff Hecht
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
ISBN: 0195162552
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Science

Från baksidan: ¿7FThe basic concept underlying fiber optics was first explored in the 1840s when researchers used jets of water to guide light in laboratory demonstrations. The idea caught the public eye decades later when it was used to create stunning illuminated fountains at many of the great Victorian exibitions. The modern version of fiber optics - using flexible glass fibers to transmit light - was discovered independently five times throughout the first half of the century, and one of its first key applications was the endoscope, which for the first time allowed physicians to look inside the body without surgery. With the invention of the laser, researchers grew interested in optical communications. While Bell Labs and others tried to send laser beams through the athmosphere or hollow light pipes, a small group at Standard Telecommunication Laboratories looked at guiding light by transparent fibers. Led by Charles K. Kao, they proposed the idea of fiber-optic communications and demonstrated that, contrary to what many researchers thought, glass could be made clear enough to transmit light over great distances. Following these ideas, Corning Glass Works developed the first low-loss glass fibers in 1970."

Washington s Monument

Author: John Steele Gordon
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 9781620406526
Release Date: 2016-02-02
Genre: Architecture

The colorful story behind one of America's greatest monuments and of the ancient obelisks of Egypt, now scattered around the world. Conceived soon after the American Revolution ended, the great monument to George Washington was not finally completed until almost a century later; the great obelisk was finished in 1884, and remains the tallest stone structure in the world at 555 feet. The story behind its construction is a largely untold and intriguing piece of American history, which acclaimed historian John Steele Gordon relates with verve, connecting it to the colorful saga of the ancient obelisks of Egypt. Nobody knows how many obelisks were crafted in ancient Egypt, or even exactly how they were created and erected since they are made out of hard granite and few known tools of the time were strong enough to work granite. Generally placed in pairs at the entrances to temples, they have in modern times been ingeniously transported around the world to Istanbul, Paris, London, New York, and many other locations. Their stories illuminate that of the Washington Monument, once again open to the public following earthquake damage, and offer a new appreciation for perhaps the most iconic memorial in the country.

The Toilers of the Sea

Author: Victor Hugo
Publisher: Jazzybee Verlag
ISBN: 9783849676841
Release Date:
Genre: Fiction

A fisherman encounters all the fury, and caprice, and treachery of outer nature in order to win a woman whom on his return he finds to have unconsciously but irrevocably lost her heart to another. But this plainest of stories is worked into genuine tragedy by an exercise of poetic power which, at least in some portions of its display, has very rarely been surpassed in literature. It is difficult to dissent from those who fancy they discover in the author's three volumes a romance, an epic poem, and a drama of real life. There is also in the volumes a charming idyl, full of grace, sweetness, and simplicity. If there be anyone who can rise from the perusal of the book without feeling not only deeply moved, but also enlightened, chastened, and, for at least the moment, improved, "let no such man be trusted."'