American Heritage Magazine 2000 October The Transontinental The Big Road

American Heritage Magazine 2000 October The Transontinental The Big Road

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American Heritage Magazine 2000 October The Transontinental The Big Road
American Heritage 2000 October
50 Past Futures The half-familiar, wholly entrancing world we never made, as envisioned by American designers and illustrators.
56 The Big Road
Building the transcontinental railroad was the greatest engineering feat of the nineteenth century. Was it also the biggest swindle?
by Stephen E. Ambrose
68 A Historian in Cyberspace
A place, it turns out, best understood by Alexis de Tocqueville. by Edward L. Ayers
76 Tucson
American Heritage's Great American Place Award for the year 2000 goes to a city where the
desert is everywhere, where sprawl into magnificent desolation is the main industry, whose oldest building is still its most beautiful, and whose surrounding mountains are its soul.
by Lawrence W. Cheek
89 A Biography of America
It's almost impossible to tell our national story on television, even if you've got 13 hours at your disposal. Three people who did it explain how-
and why. An Interview With Donald L. Miller and Douglas Brinkley. by Christine Herbes-Sommers

5 Letter From the Editor
6 Correspondence
II In the News
Whatever Happened to Hubert? The miseries of the VP who goes after his boss's job.
by Kevin Baker
15 The Business of America
Thomas Edison's Deadly Game: It changed the course of capital punishment in America.
by John Steele Gordon
19 Behind the Cutting Edge
London Bridge Is Falling Down: And other high-tech debacles and how we learned to cope with them. by Frederick E. Allen
24 My Brush With History
Lonely (First) Lady. Souvenir of the Babe. by the Readers
95 The Time Machine by Frederic D. Schwarz IO2 Readers' Album

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