April Book Group

The Race Underground by Doug Most


Tuesday, April 25 at 7:30


In conjunction with the Library's All Aboard Greenbush: One Train, One Book program the HPL Book Group is reading Doug Most's fascinating non-fiction account of "the incredible rivalry that built America’s first subway." 

In the late nineteenth century, as cities like Boston and New York grew more congested, the streets became clogged with plodding, horse-drawn carts. When the great blizzard of 1888 crippled the entire northeast, a solution had to be found. Two brothers from one of the nation's great families-Henry Melville Whitney of Boston and William Collins Whitney of New York-pursued the dream of his city digging America's first subway, and the great race was on. The competition between Boston and New York played out in an era not unlike our own, one of economic upheaval, life-changing innovations, class warfare, bitter political tensions, and the question of America's place in the world.

The Race Underground is peopled with the famous, like Boss Tweed, Grover Cleveland and Thomas Edison, and the not-so-famous, from brilliant engineers to the countless "sandhogs" who shoveled, hoisted and blasted their way into the earth's crust, sometimes losing their lives in the construction of the tunnels. Doug Most chronicles the science of the subway, looks at the centuries of fears people overcame 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, their rich, powerful and sometimes corrupt interests, and an invention that changed the lives of millions

Details:
  • Books are available for checkout at the Reference desk
  • The HPL Book Group meets the last Tuesday of each month (except December)
  • New Members are always welcome
  • For more information, please contact the Reference Department at 781-741-1405, ext. 1404
Race Underground book cover