Americans like to do things in a big way, and here are some of the biggest and best of their accomplishments.

In 1825, the Erie Canal connected New England to the western lands across the Appalachian Mountains. It took 8 years to build the 363-mile-long, 40-foot-wide and five feet deep ditch that’s still in use today.

When the Empire State Building was built, its owner wanted it completed in less than two years, so the builders installed cafeterias in the partly finished building so workers didn’t need to leave the construction site for lunch. When it was finished, there were five cafeterias, the highest on the 86th floor.

And those are only a few of the amazing projects you’ll discover in this book—all of them built to last.