Wedding of the Waters by Peter L. Bernstein
The Erie Canal and the Making of a Great Nation

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"One corner of the great American panorama enlarged to highlight starry-eyed visionaries, political machinations, indefatigable ingenuity, and cockeyed optimism."—Kirkus Reviews

The building of the Erie Canal, like the construction of the Brooklyn
Bridge and the Panama Canal, is one of the greatest and most riveting
stories of American ingenuity. Best-selling author Peter Bernstein
presents the story of the canal's construction against the larger
tableau of America in the first quarter-century of the 1800s. Examining
the social, political, and economic ramifications of this mammoth
project, Bernstein demonstrates how the canal's creation helped prevent
the dismemberment of the American empire and knit the sinews of the
American industrial revolution. Featuring a rich cast of characters,
including not only political visionaries like Washington, Jefferson, van
Buren, and the architect's most powerful champion, Governor DeWitt
Clinton, but also a huge platoon of Irish diggers as well as the canal's
first travelers, Wedding of the Waters reveals that the
twenty-first-century themes of urbanization, economic growth, and
globalization can all be traced to the first great macroengineering
venture of American history.

About Peter L. Bernstein

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PETER L. BERNSTEIN combines the zest of a historian with the meticulous analytical powers of an economist. He is the author of seven books in economics and finance, including Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk and Capital Ideas: The Improbable Origins of Modern Wall Street. He is also President of Peter L. Bernstein, Inc., an economic consultancy to institutional investors, which he founded in 1973 after many years of managing billions of dollars in individual and institutional portfolios. He has lectured widely throughout the U.S. and abroad and has received the highest honors from his peers in the investment profession.
Published August 16, 2010 by W. W. Norton & Company. 448 pages
Genres: History, Professional & Technical, Computers & Technology, Science & Math, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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George Washington’s attempt to create one along the Potomac River, for instance, was a financial disaster, later prompting Thomas Jefferson to dismiss the idea of a canal to the west as “little short of madness.” It took brilliant, hard-nosed New York governor DeWitt Clinton to push the Erie Cana...

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As economic consultant Bernstein (Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk ) shows in his eloquent account, the canal—stretching 363 miles from the Hudson River to Lake Erie—reshaped not only the economic landscape of the eastern seaboard but the political and social landscape as well.

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Bookmarks Magazine

His account includes details about the staunch opposition, political machinations, ideological dreams, false starts, innovative financing, and grueling construction that characterized canal construction.

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