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Uncommon Carriers

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  • Posted April 24, 2010

    Reality Read. The book that reality TV wants to be.

    McPhee can make a reader be in the cab of an 18 wheeler, pilot house of a freighter, and river tug. i understand now how i can make a purchase at B&N yesterday, and get the item in three days(1 extra day to Hawai'i)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2009

    Enjoyable and informative

    An enjoyable read. McPhee takes the reader on everyday adventures, showing us the parts of transportation most of us never get to see or experience.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2007

    McPhee does it again

    I have long been a fan of John McPhee, and this book is just as good as you'd expect. This is the next best thing to actually going on an adventure in transportation around the U.S. Required reading for anyone who is interested in how the world works. The writing is, as always, exceptionally good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2006

    Absolutely loved it!

    This book is a collection of essays that gives great insight to the different modes of transportation and how they work. The people in these essays provide the vital services for our comfortable living and survival and should not be taken for granted. An excellent read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2006

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    My 4 year old boy loves those big, glossy kids books that spotlight heavy machinery and mammoth modes of transportation. You know the kind: filled with colorful illustrations of dump trucks, 18-wheelers, massive vessels, and locomotives. 'Uncommon Carrier' is McPhee's grownup version of that very same genre. Though, instead of illustrations, the author paints vivid pictures of the conveyances and their operators by way of inquisitive dialogues and the fascinating historical and geological context with which he fills the pages. If you loved 'Billy the Bulldozer' or 'Tommy the Tugboat', then you'll love 'Uncommon Carrier'.

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