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

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

An epic and revelatory narrative of the most important transportation technology of the modern world

In his wide-ranging and entertaining new book, Tom Zoellner—coauthor of the New York Times–bestselling An Ordinary Man—travels the globe to tell the story of the sociological and economic impact of the railway technology that transformed the world—and could very well change it again. From the frigid trans-Siberian railroad to the antiquated Indian Railways to the Japanese-style bullet trains, Zoellner offers a stirring story of this most indispensable form of travel. A masterful narrative history, Train also explores the sleek elegance of railroads and their hypnotizing rhythms, and explains how locomotives became living symbols of sex, death, power, and romance.

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ISBN-13: 9780143126348
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/28/2014
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 479,140
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Tom Zoellner is the author of five nonfiction books, including Uranium, winner of the 2011 American Institute of Physics Science Writing Award, and coauthor of An Ordinary Man. He teaches at Chapman University in southern California and lives in Los Angeles.

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Train: Riding the Rails That Created the Modern World-from the Trans-Siberian to the Southwest Chief 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
jmgallen More than 1 year ago
“Train: Riding The Rails That Created The Modern World” is author Tom Zoellner’s narrative of riding the most spectacular, picturesque and historic trains of the world. Readers are introduced to the origins of trains in England, the stunning Southwest Chief, the lack of development and filth of India as reflected in its antiquated railways, the squalor and challenge of the Trans-Siberian Railroad and the utility of modern intra-city commuter trains, just to highlight a few. Readers are introduced to the passengers and crews Zoellner met, the economics that make and break the railroads and the functions they fulfill as they move people and freight across the continents. This is not a romantic sugar-coated taste of the lore of trains but a logical assessment of the trains of today along with a lode of anecdotes of the sights the author saw and the people he met along the way. It has whetted my appetite for train travel while tempering my expectations. I have loved trains since my first ride, at age 9, across half a continent to Washington, D.C. “Train” taught me much about the transportation system and alerted me to the sights and sounds I should savor when next I am privileged to ride the rails.
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