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Signal and Noise [Hardcover]

John Griesemer
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1 Jan 2004
In 1857 Chester Ludlow, an American engineer, witnesses the launch of the largest steamship ever built, Isambard Kingdom Brunel's The Great Eastern. But as chief engineer, the charsimatic Ludlow finds himself caught not only in the new technology but also in the business of promotion.

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  • Hardcover: 612 pages
  • Publisher: Hutchinson (1 Jan 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091799619
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091799618
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16 x 5.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,363,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A riveting read - big, bold, rambunctious and very rewarding" (Richard Russo, author of EMPIRE FALLS)

"Griesemer's energetic plotting and prose mirror the vigour of the age he describes" (New York Times)

"Ambition, failure, triumph, love, betrayal, farce, and spirt-conjuring - these are some of the subjects powerfully animated in this grand novel. John Griesemer is a masterful writer" (Joanna Scott, author of ARROGANCE)

"Griesemer's novel has the courage of ambition and deserves serious praise for that alone" (Time Out)

"Capacious, gutsy and gratifying" (Joseph O'Connor, author of STAR OF THE SEA) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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'Capacious, gutsy and gratifying'Joseph O'Connor, author of Star of the Sea --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars How the Atlantic Cable Changed the World 1 Dec 2003
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Betty: Why is the history of the 1866 Atlantic cable worth knowing? Why share this topic in dialogue form with readers?
Frank: We have forgotten how important the Atlantic Cable was and what U.S. life was like in the 1850s and 60s. The story of the Atlantic Cable reminds us that Europe then dominated the world. Britain was its political and financial center. The U.S.A. was a far away backwater country separated from Europe by a wide and stormy North Atlantic.
Betty: It took weeks for letters, goods, and people to cross the Atlantic on a ship considered fast for the time. Then, on July 27, 1866, to the world's amazement and on the fifth attempt over a 12-year period, the Atlantic cable, spearheaded by U.S. businessman Cyrus West Field, instantly connected New York with London.
Frank: John Steele Gordon's Thread Across the Ocean: The Heroic Story of the Transatlantic Cable (see Sources at end) concluded that the Atlantic cable electrified people in 1866, changed history forever, helped make the U.S. a major player on the world scene, and created the beginning of the world as a global village.
Betty: This great 19th century engineering feat was an epic struggle costing millions, involving British, U.S., and European politicians, financiers, ships, sailors, technicians, and scientists.
Frank: The Atlantic cable was an early instance of international cooperation. It followed decades of U.S.-British angers over the American Revolution, the War of 1812, and frictionable Civil War incidents. There were failures and disappointments in attempts at laying the Atlantic cable but it finally ended in a history-changing victory.
Betty: Historians have compared the successful completion of the transatlantic cable, July 27, 1866, to the U.S.
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