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

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In his wide-ranging and entertaining new book, Tom Zoellner 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 and the glorious landscape of the Chicago to LA-Southwest Chief route, Zoellner offers a stirring story of this most indispensable form of travel. A masterful narrative history, Train also explores the sleek elegance of railroads.

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

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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. 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"
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"
"Spirited and bighearted...Zoellner enlightens us about an industry that's hiding in plain sight."--"San Francisco Chronicle"
"Highly entertaining, lucid and perceptive....It's a train lover's celebration of the great epic story of rail travel itself."--"Los Angeles Times"
"This is one of those all-too-rare books that have so much to them"--"The Washington Times"
"["Train"] is a gracefully written, densely detailed meditation of trains--past, present and future....[P]art travelogue, as he rides seven train that shaped the modern world; part personal memoir, as he describes the people he met along the way; and part history of trains, from their origin to their impact on societies around the world and their vital role in the fast-forward 21st century."--"LA Weekly"
"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"
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"
"Spirited and bighearted...Zoellner enlightens us about an industry that's hiding in plain sight."--"San Francisco Chronicle"
"Highly entertaining, lucid and perceptive....It's a train lover's celebration of the great epic story of rail travel itself."--"Los Angeles Times"
"This is one of those all-too-rare books that have so much to them"--"The Washington Times"
"["Train"] is a gracefully written, densely detailed meditation of trains--past, present and future....[P]art travelogue, as he rides seven train that shaped the modern world; part personal memoir, as he describes the people he met along the way; and part history of trains, from their origin to their impact on societies around the world and their vital role in the fast-forward 21st century."--"LA Weekly"
"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"
Praise for"Train: "
Tom Zoellner's writing is never less than engaging; inTrainhe 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" Trainis 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"
Spirited and bighearted...Zoellner enlightens us about an industry that s hiding in plain sight. "San Francisco Chronicle"
Highly entertaining, lucid and perceptive....It s a train lover s celebration of the great epic story of rail travel itself. "Los Angeles Times"
This is one of those all-too-rare books that have so much to them "The Washington Times"
["Train"] is a gracefully written, densely detailed meditation of trains past, present and future....[P]art travelogue, as he rides seven train that shaped the modern world; part personal memoir, as he describes the people he met along the way; and part history of trains, from their origin to their impact on societies around the world and their vital role in the fast-forward 21st century. "LA Weekly"
"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"
"

Praise forTrain:
Tom Zoellner's writing is never less than engaging; inTrainhe has made himself a veritable Walt Whitman of rail travel. It's a great read. Richard Rhodes, Pulitzer prize-winning author ofThe Making of the Atomic Bomb Trainis 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 ofPeace
Spirited and bighearted...Zoellner enlightens us about an industry that s hiding in plain sight. San Francisco Chronicle
Highly entertaining, lucid and perceptive....It s a train lover s celebration of the great epic story of rail travel itself. Los Angeles Times
This is one of those all-too-rare books that have so much to them The Washington Times
[Train] is a gracefully written, densely detailed meditation of trains past, present and future....[P]art travelogue, as he rides seven train that shaped the modern world; part personal memoir, as he describes the people he met along the way; and part history of trains, from their origin to their impact on societies around the world and their vital role in the fast-forward 21st century. LA Weekly
"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
"

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