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By John Steele Gordon

Today, in an international within which information flashes world wide immediately, time lags are not possible. within the mid-nineteenth century, conversation among the us and Europe -- the guts of worldwide affairs -- used to be in basic terms as speedy because the quickest send may possibly go the Atlantic, making the U.S. remoted and vulnerable.

But in 1866, the outdated and New Worlds have been united via the winning laying of a cable around the Atlantic. John Steele Gordon's booklet chronicles this outstanding success -- the brainchild of yank businessman Cyrus box and one of many maximum engineering feats of the 19th century. An epic fight, it required a decade of attempt, a number of failed makes an attempt, hundreds of thousands of bucks in capital, a close to catastrophe at sea, the overcoming of likely insurmountable technological difficulties, and unusual actual, monetary, and highbrow braveness. Bringing to lifestyles an ignored tale within the annals of expertise, John Steele Gordon sheds interesting new gentle in this American saga that actually replaced the world.

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By the end of the 1840s Field had a net worth of more than $200,000, according to Moses Y. Beach, editor of the New York Sun, who had begun publishing a list of the richest New Yorkers (the precursor of the "Forbes 400" list) in 1845. in recognition of his success, he built a large house uptown on the corner of Lexington Avenue and Twenty-first Street, facing fashionable Gramercy Park. His brother David built one next door. They would both live there for the rest of their lives. Together they hired the cabinetmaker Charles A.

NICHOLAS WOODS The Times of London , 1858 Let us then be up and doing, With a heart for any fate; Still achieving, still pursuing, Learn to labor and to wait. -HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW "A Psalm of Life" A Note on Money The laying of the Atlantic cable was one of the great international undertakings of the mid-nineteenth century. Although organized and pushed to completion by an American, much of the technology and most of the financing came from Britain. Thus, figures in both dollars and pounds appear frequently on these pages.

Several generations later, his descendant David Dudley Field, Cyrus's father, was born in 1781 in East Guilford (now Madison), Connecticut. David Field was born to be a minister. Even as a boy he would preach to his friends (at least for as long as they would listen). After graduating from Yale with high honors in 1801, he studied under Dr. Charles Backus, of Somers, Connecticut, whose book The Nature and Influence of Godly Fear had been widely read. "2 As one might expect, he was not given to mincing words.

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