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The Race Underground

Boston, New York, and the Incredible Rivalry That Built America's First Subway

by Doug Most

The Race Underground
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    Feb 2014, 352 pages
    Paperback:
    Feb 2015, 432 pages

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Doug Most's chronicle of how the subways got their start in two of the most dynamic metropolises in the United States makes for riveting reading.

Giving The Race Underground an average rating of 4.4, BookBrowse readers agree that the history of the subway in Boston and New York makes for complete transport.

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I have ridden subways to work for many years, but never before I read The Race Underground by Doug Most, did it occur to me to wonder how it came about. This wonderful book explains the history of mass transit, from the beginning of an idea by futuristic thinker Alfred Beach in Scientific American to the reality of the subways in Boston and New York around the turn of the nineteenth century. This exciting book conveys a constant sense of motion, a dizzying energy going forward, the growth of new science and technology at a faster pace into the future. I loved the vivid descriptions of the city streets in the horse and carriage days, and can only imagine the joy when finally the cleaner, ...

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