The World Beneath The City

The World Beneath The City

by Robert Daley
     
 

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Men, mains and alligators; the amazing world underneath New York, an always dramatic and sometimes unbelieveable world seen by very few people and taken for granted by the millions who walk about overhead A world of visionaries and charlatans, of inventors and outright thieves. Here is Alfred Eli Beach who in 1870 in total secrecy built a marvelous pneumatic subway;…  See more details below

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Men, mains and alligators; the amazing world underneath New York, an always dramatic and sometimes unbelieveable world seen by very few people and taken for granted by the millions who walk about overhead A world of visionaries and charlatans, of inventors and outright thieves. Here is Alfred Eli Beach who in 1870 in total secrecy built a marvelous pneumatic subway; And Teddy May, superintendent of sewers, whose word was never questioned, neither when he testified in court nor when he told off his superiors as idiots; and Smelly Kelly, the subway sniffer who patrolled the tracks led by his formidable nose. And the fantastic technical accomplishments: the first subways, the first clean water running through mains, the wires and steam pipes, the great triumphs and the inevitable tragedies.

Editorial Reviews

NY Times Book Review - Allen Churchhill
"Fascinating...rare personalities".
San Francisco Chronicle - Dick Friendlich
"Astonishing collection of stories and people...crisp style."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940015809817
Publisher:
Riviera Productions Ltd.
Publication date:
12/01/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
196 KB

Meet the Author

Robert Daley is the author of 29 books. Seventeen are novels and 12 are nonfiction about a variety of subjects most of which were part of his in-depth education as he moved about the world. He also wrote many magazine articles for Esquire, Playboy, Vogue, New York, The New York Times Magazine, Life, True, Saturday Evening Post, Readers Digest, Sports Illustrated, and others. His books have been translated into fourteen languages from Scandinavia through Western and Eastern Europe as far as Japan. Six of his books have been filmed. He was born and did all of his schooling in New York City. He and his French born wife have three grown daughters and have homes in Suburban New York and Nice, France. See his website: Robertdaleyauthor.com

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