About the Program
Doug Most, deputy managing editor for features at The Boston Globe, recounts the competition between Boston and New York City to build the nation's first subway system during the late 19th century. The author reports on two brothers, Henry Melville Whitney and William Collins Whitney, who led the construction projects for Boston and New York respectively. The brothers had to overcome city politics, natural barriers, and the public's hesitation of the new mode of transportation to complete the subway lines; Boston opened in 1897 and New York in 1904. Doug Most speaks at Brookline Booksmith Bookstore in Brookline, Massachusetts.