Being Marge: Never, Never Give Up!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Never, Never Give Up!

I just complete David McCullough's book, The Path Between the Seas, The Creation of the Panama Canal 1870 - 1914. Normally, I wouldn't categorize an historical book of non-fiction as a personal growth book, but this time I have to make an exception.

Today we take the existence of the Panama Canal for granted. If you read The Path Between the Seas, you'll have a new awareness of the epic story behind the most challenging engineering feat ever completed in the world at that time.

This truly is a tale set on the world stage with diverse characters from many countries who play their parts in a complex political and financial drama that spans the 44-year span of this best-seller.
One of the most riveting characters is the country of Panama itself, with its unyielding terrain, disease-ridden jungle, and work-stopping rainy seasons.

When I complete the book, I had a much better understanding of the world politics and healthcare advances during the time of the building of the Panama Canal. Its seems a miracle in the end that the Canal was ever completed, in view of the never-ending and immense obstacles that stood in the way of maritime progress.

Each time it seemed that the project would never be completed, a new leader emerged to guild it through the next stage. Many good men and women sacrificed their mental and physical health and for many their lives, in the many years it took to complete the Panama Canal. I could never visit this site without thinking of the hardships that resulted from man's attempt to battle Mother Nature.

The fact that there was always a champion when needed to ensure the continuation of the Panama Canal project is why I recommend this book for personal growth. It will inspire you to never, never, never give up!

David McCullough is one of my favorite authors. I had the opportunity to meet him at a book signing on Martha's Vineyard. I treasure my signed copy of another of his best-sellers, John Adams. McCullough has a knack for presenting top quality non-fiction works with a common theme of never giving up in the face of great obstacles. Don't stop with The Path Between the Seas. Check out his other works more more inspiration to stick to your big goals. Several of his other well-known, detail-rich books include The Johnston Flood, The Wright Brothers, Truman, 1776, and The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of The Brooklyn Bridge.

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