Labyrinths of Iron A history of the world’s subways by Benson Bobrick
Labyrinths of Iron A history of the world’s subways by Benson Bobrick
Labyrinths of Iron A history of the world’s subways by Benson Bobrick
Labyrinths of Iron A history of the world’s subways by Benson Bobrick

Labyrinths of Iron A history of the world’s subways by Benson Bobrick

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Labyrinths of Iron A history of the world’s subways by Benson Bobrick
 
Labyrinths of Iron A history of the worlds subways by Benson Bobrick
Hard Cover with dust jacket
Copyright 1981, THIRD PRINTING 1982
352 pages
Indexed
LABYRINTHS
OF IRON
A History of the
World's Subways
BENSON BOBRICK
A Sparkling and Original
Story of One of the
Greatest Achievements of Man
OVER 100 SPECIALLY COMPILED PHOTOGRAPHS
AND ENGRAVINGS
his is the story of the world's subways,
told as never before. Within its epic sweep are found heroic adventures, spectacular engineering feats, bitter disappointments, madness, intrigue, and death. A remarkable cast of characters-noble, cynical, corrupt-play out their strangely intertwining roles as a legend and dream is gradually realized in iron and steel.
The story originates in the remote mists of antiquity, with the colossal road tunnels of the Romans, the gold mines of Egypt, and the ancient mythology of the Underworld. It comes into sharp focus with the crisis of the cities precipitated by the Industrial Revolution. From London to Paris to New York, the fabled idea became a reality, and then spread to virtually every other major city of the world. Today, the building of subways is, collectively, perhaps the largest public works project in history-an international phenomenon that touches the lives of billions of people. As the tunnels and stations proliferate on an ever larger scale, a brave new world of energy-efficient underground cities and homes come into view-with profound and troubling questions for our future.
In a work richly diversified by original research and full of previously ungathered information, the author also traces the story into surprising areas: the subway's relation to art, its use in wartime, its psychological impact, and the breathtaking archaeological discoveries its builders unearthed.
The many illustrations further enliven this history of one of the most ingenious engineering feats of man-the underground railway systems of the world.

CONTENTS
1Foreword9
The Phlegraean Fields13
2Hades Hotel49
3At the Brink of Chaos75
4St. George and the Fleet Ditch87
5Le Style M133
6The Lamp and the Ring169
7The Elevated Atmosphere in New York195
8A Jostle of Dante's Voices213
9Labor Saturdays and a Czar's Ransom271
10The New Cimmerians283
Notes327
Bibliography337
Picture Credits345
Index346

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