CYRUS FIELD’S BIG DREAM
THE DARING EFFORT TO LAY THE FIRST TRANSATLANTIC TELEGRAPH CABLE
Mary Morton Cowan
Cyrus Field dreamed of linking North America and Europe with instant communication by laying a telegraph cable across the Atlantic Ocean. But in the mid-1850s, many believed it was impossible. Undaunted, Field forged ahead, recruiting thousands to complete the massive project. He encountered numerous setbacks: failed attempts, technological problems, millions of dollars lost. Field’s perseverance resulted in final success in 1866, changing worldwide communication forever. Written for readers ages 10 and older, the biography includes a map, diagrams, timeline, and many archival illustrations.