Les Standiford – Last Train to Paradise


The fast-paced and gripping true account of the extraordinary construction and spectacular demise of the Key West Railroad – one of the greatest engineering feats ever undertaken, destroyed in one fell swoop by the strongest storm ever to hit US shores.

In 1904, the brilliant and driven entrepreneur Henry Flagler, partner to John D. Rockefeller, dreamed of a railway connecting the island of Key West to the Florida mainland, crossing a staggering 153 miles of open ocean – an engineering challenge beyond even that of the Panama Canal. Many considered the project impossible, but build it they did. The railroad stood as a magnificent achievement for more than 22 years, heralded as the Eighth Wonder of the World, until its total destruction in 1935’s deadly storm of the century.

In Last Train to Paradise, Standifordcelebrates this crowning achievement of Gilded Age ambition, bringing to life a sweeping tale of the powerful forces of human ingenuity colliding with the even greater forces of natures wrath.

Please note: This is the abridged edition. An unabridged version is also available.

Author: Les Standiford
Narrator: Richmond Hoxie
Duration: 6 hours 19 minutes
Released: 19 Feb 2008
Publisher: Random House Audio
Language: English

User Review:

interplay prodigious

The book was filled with so many details of places, people and events,

that with the narrators fast pace, it was unfortunately hard to follow. The subject Ruth is a brave woman – a survivor the be admired. This may have been more enjoyable to read in printed form .