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Title: Chief Engineer: Life of a Nation Builder - Sanford Fleming.
Description: Dundurn, Toronto, 1993.. 191 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 1550021958 B&w photographs. "(T)he story of one of the most creative, adventurous, and yet too-often overlooked giants of the Industrial Age - Canada's Sandford Fleming. His influence spanned the North American continent and beyond. As chief engineer of the Intercolonial and Canadian Pacific railways, he shaped and steered the greatest engineering challenge of his day: the laying of the ribbons of railway steel that bound together a fledgling country. He can be credited as well with the telegraph cables that began to criss-cross the globe. Few are aware that it was Fleming who gave us the system of universal time. He also designed the first Canadian adhesive postage stamp, which was issued in 1851. Sandford Fleming's triumphs are all the greater considering the natural and human adversities obstructing every step of his way. Jealousies, back-stabbing, pork-barrel politics, and bureaucratic ineptitude were as intrinsic to mega-projects then as they are now. Fleming's life story constitutes a compelling and universal drama." Previous owner's name/date in ink on free front endpaper. Dust jacket has corner crease on front flap. Very Good+/Very Good +.

Keywords: Sir Sanford Fleming, Railroad Engineers, Biography, Canadian Pacific Railway, Cpr, Charles Brydges, Intercolonial, Grand Trunk, George Monro Grant, Pictou, John A. Macdonald, Alexander Mackenzie, Donald Smith, Charles Tupper, Yellowhead Pass, Marcus

Price: US$ 15.00 Seller: Capricorn Books
- Book number: 23013

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