Juan David Morgan

The Golden Horse

5/5
Novel, Ediciones B, Spain, 2005.  Planeta 2017

Many people know the story of the Panama Canal, but few know that of the Panama Railroad: the first transcontinental railroad of the Americas that was built during the California Gold Rush. From 1851-55, a handful of adventurers and inventive engineers drove the enterprise to tame the unexplored jungle wilderness that would soon become the first inter-oceanic railroad, link the U.S. to Central America and change Panama forever.

The Golden Horse by Juan David Morgan is an engrossing and sweeping saga that paints a vivid and personal portrayal of the events that transpired as a result of the commercial rivalry between New York shipping magnates, William Aspinwall and Cornelius Vanderbilt, and the enormous personal cost that was borne by the people involved in the construction of the railroad.

Thousands of people died during the construction of the railroad, succumbing to tropical diseases and natural disasters. Despite the danger, the lust of gold fever and the challenge of conquering the wilderness drove the protagonists through the perils of torturous journey, cutthroat competition, ruthless outlaws, savage jungles, and violent cultural clashes, but not without the thrill of romantic adventures, the wonder of human inventiveness, and rugged determination to succeed.

Intelligent and elegant in its prose, this epic tale provides a stunning marriage of history and love, technology and nature, triumph and tragedy that is truly unforgettable.

1 review for The Golden Horse

  1. admin

    Excelente Libro – Versión en Inglés. También traducido al Japonés.

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