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Train (Library Edition): Riding the Rails That Created the Modern World-from the Trans-siberian to the Southwest Chief

Train (Library Edition): Riding the Rails That Created the Modern World-from the Trans-siberian to the Southwest Chief

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By (author) Tom Zoellner, Narrator Grover Gardner

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  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
  • Format: CD-Audio
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 173mm x 25mm | 363g
  • Publication date: 30 January 2014
  • Publication City/Country: Old Saybrook, CT
  • ISBN 10: 1452646724
  • ISBN 13: 9781452646725
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Library ed

Product description

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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Author information

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 has narrated over 650 audiobooks, been named one of the Best Voices of the Century by "AudioFile" magazine, and has received over twenty "AudioFile" Earphones Awards, as well as two coveted Audie Awards.

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"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