Parting the Desert: The Creation of the Suez Canal

Parting the Desert: The Creation of the Suez Canal

Zachary Karabell


Award-winning historian Zachary Karabell tells the epic tale of the best engineering feat of the 19th century--the construction of the Suez Canal-- and indicates the way it replaced the world.

The dream used to be a waterway that may unite the East and the West, and the bold, full of life French diplomat and entrepreneur Ferdinand de Lesseps was once the mastermind at the back of the venture. Lesseps observed the venture via fifteen years of economic demanding situations, technical stumbling blocks, and political intrigues. He confident traditional French voters to take a position their funds, and he received the backing of Napoleon III and of Egypt's prince Muhammad acknowledged. however the triumph was once faraway from excellent: the development relied seriously on compelled exertions and technical and diplomatic hindrances consistently threatened crowning glory. The inauguration in 1869 captured the mind's eye of the realm. The Suez Canal was once heralded as an emblem of development that may unite international locations, yet its legacy is blended. Parting the wilderness is either a transporting narrative and a meditation at the origins of the fashionable heart East.

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