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Train: Riding the Rails That Created the Modern World---from the Trans-Siberian to the Southwest Chief
     

Train: Riding the Rails That Created the Modern World---from the Trans-Siberian to the Southwest Chief

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by Tom Zoellner
 

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Tom Zoellner loves trains with a ferocious passion. In his new book he chronicles the innovation and sociological impact of the railway technology that changed the world, and could very well change it again. From the frigid Trans-Siberian Railroad to the antiquated Indian Railways to the futuristic maglev trains, Zoellner offers a stirring story of man's relationship

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Tom Zoellner loves trains with a ferocious passion. In his new book he chronicles the innovation and sociological impact of the railway technology that changed the world, and could very well change it again. From the frigid Trans-Siberian Railroad to the antiquated Indian Railways to the futuristic maglev trains, Zoellner offers a stirring story of man's relationship with trains. Zoellner examines both the mechanics of the rails and their engines and how they helped societies evolve. Not only do trains transport people and goods in an efficient manner, but they also reduce pollution and dependency upon oil. Zoellner also considers America's culture of ambivalence to mass transit, using the perpetually stalled line between Los Angeles and San Francisco as a case study in bureaucracy and public indifference. Train presents both an entertaining history of railway travel around the world while offering a serious and impassioned case for the future of train travel.

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From the Publisher
"Tom Zoellner's writing is never less than engaging; in Train he has made himself a veritable Walt Whitman of rail travel." ---Richard Rhodes, Pulitzer prize-winning author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb
Library Journal - Audio
04/15/2014
Zoellner (The Heartless Stone) traveled to Great Britain, India, Russia, South America, and around the United States to ride trains and research this work. Unfortunately, he places a heavy emphasis on American trains, despite roughly 95 percent of Americans having never taken a train! Most enjoyable—particularly on audio—are interviews with the people he met on his journey. Narrator Grover Gardner is quite matter of fact as he presents the book's wide-ranging and varied content. VERDICT Die-hard train buffs might be disappointed if they expect in-depth or detailed information, but the title succeeds as a travelog and introductory work of train history and lore. ["A mesmerizing read for anyone interested in the impact of trains on the environment, politics, economics, and daily life around the world today," read the review of the Viking hc, LJ 2/1/14.]—Susan G. Baird, formerly with Oak Lawn P.L., IL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781452646725
Publisher:
Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date:
01/30/2014
Edition description:
Library - Unabridged CD
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 6.40(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Tom Zoellner is the author of several nonfiction books, including The Heartless Stone and Uranium, winner of the 2011 American Institute of Physics Science Writing Award. He is also coauthor of the New York Times bestseller An Ordinary Man.

Grover Gardner was named one of the Best Voices of the Century as well as a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, and he has received over twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards. He has also won two coveted Audie Awards, as well as being a three-time finalist.

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