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Atlantic Kingdom: America's Contest with Cunard in the Age of Sail and Steam

Author:

John A. Butler

Title:

Atlantic Kingdom: America's Contest with Cunard in the Age of Sail and Steam

Category:

Engineering & Transportation

ePub ebook size:

1870 kb

PDF ebook size:

1346 kb

Other book formats:

FB2, DJVU, CB7, MOBI, IBOOKS

Rating:

4.6

ISBN10:

1574885219

ISBN13:

978-1574885217

Publisher:

Brassey; New Ed edition (September 1, 2001)

Language:

English

Subcategory:

Transportation

Atlantic Kingdom: America's Contest with Cunard in the Age of Sail and Steam by John A. Butler
Atlantic Kingdom pays tribute to the Americans who challenged Cunard, the shipping company that held a monopoly on North Atlantic trade routes in the nineteenth century. In an era when civilisation first grappled with large-scale technology and creative industries promised a new standard of living, competition for control over maritime trade was fierce. Cornelius Vanderbilt and P. T. Barnum were among those who battled like mythical gods for control of their domains. These titans of the Atlantic left behind them a wreckage of human lives, lost ships, and squandered fortunes in their failed bids for supremacy of the seas. This book is a clear, succinct, lively, and sure-handed evocation of American maritime enterprise at its zenith.

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