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The Race Underground

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Registration is NOT required

Doug Most
The Race Underground: Boston, New York, and the Incredible Rivalry That Built America's First Subway
Doug Most shares his favorite details and stories about the building of the first two subways in America from his new book, The Race Underground: Boston, New York, and the Incredible Rivalry That Built America’s First Subway. It is a meticulously researched history, says The Economist and Kirkus Reviews called it “[a]n almost flawlessly conducted tour back to a time when major American cities dreamed big.”
Most will talk about the characters behind these huge projects, including two brothers from one of America’s most famous families, the man who put beautiful pianos into living rooms around the world, and the engineer whose firm built New York’s subway and went on to construct Boston’s famous “Big Dig” underground highway (officially, the Central Artery/Tunnel Project) at the end of the twentieth century.
Most will bring photographs from his book and will explore the marvel of underground subway travel. He is a deputy managing editor at The Boston Globe and the former editor of the Globe Sunday Magazine. He lives in Needham.
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