YPT Boston Lunch & Learn - Doug Most, author of "The Race Underground"

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YPT Boston welcomes Doug Most to discuss his new book "The Race Underground: Boston, New York, and the Incredible Rivalry That Built America's First Subway."  Come learn about the history and construction of our subway system from the author himself!  Doug's book was one of Amazon's Best Non-Fiction Books of 2014.  Read below for a description of the book, and visit his website for more information!

In the late nineteenth century, as cities like Boston and New York grew larger, the streets became increasingly clogged with horse-drawn carts.  When the great blizzard of 1888 brought New York City to a halt, a solution had to be found. Two brothers—Henry Melville Whitney of Boston and William Collins Whitney of New York City—pursued the dream of his city being the first American metropolis to have a subway and the great race was on. The competition between Boston and New York was played out in an era not unlike our own, one of economic upheaval, job losses, bitter political tensions, and the question of America's place in the world.

The Race Underground is peopled with the famous, like Boss Tweed, and Thomas Edison, and the not-so-famous, like the countless "sandhogs" who dug and blasted into the earth's crust, sometimes losing their lives in the process of building the subway's tunnels. Doug Most chronicles the science of the subway, looks at fears people had about traveling underground and tells a story as exciting as any ever ripped from the pages of U.S. history. The Race Underground is a great American saga of two rival American cities, the powerful interests within, and an invention that changed the lives of millions.

Please join us on Thursday, February 26th from 12:00 - 1:00 PM. Free light lunch will be provided to those who RSVP of course! 

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February 26th, 2015 12:00 PM   through   1:00 PM
Carson beach
165 Harbor Walk
Boston, MA 02125
United States

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