The Story of the Atlantic Telegraph


Read by Alex C. Telander

(4.7 stars; 3 reviews)

Cyrus W. Field had a dream: to link the Old World of Britain and Europe to that of the New World of North America by a telegraph cable stretching across the great Atlantic Ocean. It took him thirteen years, a lot of money, and many men and ships and cable to make it happen. He wanted to bring the world together and make it a smaller place; to forge alliances and achieve peace. This is his story. (Introduction by Alex C. Telander) (9 hr 30 min)

Chapters

Preface 4:24 Read by Alex C. Telander
Chapter I 20:42 Read by Alex C. Telander
Chapter II 12:45 Read by Alex C. Telander
Chapter III 19:03 Read by Alex C. Telander
Chapter IV 17:06 Read by Alex C. Telander
Chapter V 22:43 Read by Alex C. Telander
Chapter VI 31:28 Read by Alex C. Telander
Chapter VII 29:24 Read by Alex C. Telander
Chapter VIII - Part One 29:21 Read by Alex C. Telander
Chapter VIII - Part Two 13:36 Read by Alex C. Telander
Chapter IX 31:13 Read by Alex C. Telander
Chapter X - Part One 20:20 Read by Alex C. Telander
Chapter X - Part Two 16:43 Read by Alex C. Telander
Chapter XI - Part One 15:34 Read by Alex C. Telander
Chapter XI - Part Two 20:44 Read by Alex C. Telander
Chapter XII 20:19 Read by Alex C. Telander
Chapter XIII 15:26 Read by Alex C. Telander
Chapter XIV - Part One 22:33 Read by Alex C. Telander
Chapter XIV - Part Two 23:09 Read by Alex C. Telander
Chapter XIV - Part Three 23:15 Read by Alex C. Telander
Chapter XV 16:13 Read by Alex C. Telander
Chapter XVI - Part One 32:49 Read by Alex C. Telander
Chapter XVI - Part Two 25:50 Read by Alex C. Telander
Chapter XVII - Part One 18:51 Read by Alex C. Telander
Chapter XVII - Part Two 16:46 Read by Alex C. Telander
Chapter XVIII 41:12 Read by Alex C. Telander
Appendix 9:14 Read by Alex C. Telander

Reviews

Inspirational technology (believe it or not)

(4 stars)

Today the world is crisscrossed by hundreds of undersea fiber optic cables, which through the internet link all the continents except Antarctica at the speed of light. This book is the story of Cyrus Field, the inspired man who against all odds forged their beginning. If at times the prose seems loaded with florid hyperbole, remember this is the history of the crowning achievement of 19th Century technology, which had as large a grip on the public's imagination then as did the first moon landing in 1969. It also is the story of a man's unimpeachable integrity and his undaunted determination to keep trying in the face of repeated disastrous failures. It is all the more remarkable that Cyrus W. Field wasn't a scientist or inventor, but a self-made New York business man of relatively modest means. Good reading. However there is a minor quibble over the reader's unfortunate and unnecessary attempts at British-English and Irish accents.