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

Tom Zoellner

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Praise for Train:

“Tom Zoellner's writing is never less than engaging; in Train he has made himself a veritable Walt Whitman of rail travel. It's a great read.” —Richard Rhodes, Pulitzer prize-winning author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb   “Train is such a pleasure to read, elegant, deeply informed and smart, full of knowledge-bearing sentences, and prose so companionable and rich in insight that it is as if its author were at your shoulder, taking you along with him. What an enjoyable journey. I will never hear the far off moan of a train in the night without thinking of it, and I know of no higher praise one can give a book. Tom Zoellner is quickly making himself a reputation as a man of wide and eclectic interests, and oh, my! Can he write!” —Richard Bausch, author of Peace

"An absorbing and lively reflection on an enduring marvel of modern industrial technology."—Booklist

Train makes for fascinating reading….The author’s easy, breezy style will keep readers chugging along.”—The St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“Zoellner illustrates how the modern era was ushered in and strapped in place by railroads, and how trains—the reality and the idea—continue to shape the world as we understand it….Train is by turns lyrical, powerful, romantic, transporting, and rich.”—Phoenix New Times

"[Train], rich with history and local color, is a mesmerizing read for anyone interested in the impact of trains on the environment, politics, economics, and daily life around the world today."—Library Journal

“Enchanting and informative.”—New York Post

“[Train] is an absorbing round-the-world journey.”—BookPage

Présentation de l'éditeur

A revelatory, entertaining account of the world’s most indispensable mode of transportation

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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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1744 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 384 pages
  • Editeur : Viking Adult (30 janvier 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 "I LOVE the smell of diesel in the morning." 30 janvier 2014
Par takingadayoff - Publié sur
If you've ever ridden the train in Europe or Japan or even on one of the few commuter routes in the U.S., you've probably wondered why there aren't more trains in this country. They're convenient and fun to ride. Tom Zoellner rode the trains on four continents to find the answer to that question.

He describes train enthusiasts as "frothers," those who froth at the mouth with enthusiasm for all things having to do with trains. He fits the bill. The project gave him an excuse to ride the train on long distance trips in Great Britain, India, the U.S., Russia, South America, and Spain. He combines old-style travel writing, channeling Paul Theroux and Eric Newby, with thoughtful commentary on transportation policies in various countries. It's a good mix.

I enjoyed learning about the politics and policy of train travel around the world. But the best parts are about the people Zoellner meets and the stories he tells about the history of the rail. He tells the story of how the train spurred the popularity of paperback books. There's Walt Disney, train buff, in his striped engineer's outfit playing with his trains while eating a doughnut dipped in scotch. And the American train baron in South America who tells Zoellner, "I LOVE the smell of diesel in the morning," stirring up memories of the psycho commander in Apocalypse Now.

Zoellner's conclusions about the feasibility of long distance train travel in America are pessimistic. In short, it's too expensive. None of the successful long distance trains in the world is profitable -- it's a trade-off that other countries have made, but that we are unlikely to.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Not for the railfan for every fan. 15 février 2014
Par John A. Antonelli - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle
If you are a train nut you will not particularly like this book. It is not so much a history of trains and railroads throughout the world it is more a story of how the trains have impacted world history and how people of impacted the trains. So instead of capacities of engines and routes and history of routes, while there is a little bit of that in there you get more of the personalities of the people involved in making inventions that made the trains or the people who ride the train or the people work the trains. Also the history of the areas that are impacted by the train and how the trains impacted the area. Not your typical train book for your typical railfan but in the end now that I think of it rail fans will like this book too.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 entertaining 9 février 2014
Par Susan Shapiro - Publié sur
Tom Zoellner's latest book "Train: Riding the Rails That Created the Modern World - From the Trans-Siberian to the Southwest Chief" is a smart, gracefully-written, fast-paced, fascinating blend of travel story, transportation history and action memoir. With airplane travel so difficult in modern days, it makes a great argument for going back to trains.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Essential "Fare" for Train Buffs... 8 avril 2014
Par Dan Gawthrop - Publié sur
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but a great read for all!
Rarely have I learned so much from a book so entertaining. It not only "reads like a novel" but leaves you with an enormously enhanced understanding of how the advent of railroads remade whole civilizations. I cannot recommend this too highly. One of the best books I have read in years (and I typically read 4-6 books a week).
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Fascinating Journey, In Many Ways 14 mars 2014
Par Writer Man - Publié sur
I highly recommend this fascinating book. I'm reading a section or two before bed every night, and it's like getting the chance to travel to intriguing places all over the world. The writing is very strong and poetic, and I love the way Zoellner's lively personal experiences on the trains prompt thought-provoking side trips into history and science and culture. It's intriguing to read how trains have been such a disruptive technology (to use one of today's big buzzwords). For example, Zoellner notes how people used to live inside circles about 25 miles in diameter, with local businesses providing everything they might need. With the advent of the train, suddenly people could shop and work and meet new people beyond the confines of their own village or town. For better and for worse, the world changed in very dramatic ways. Even if you might think that trains are not your thing, you'll be pleasantly surprised by this interesting and very readable book.
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