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Book Review: The Great Railroad Revolution

The Great Railroad Revolution:  The History Of Trains In America, by Christian Wolmar There is a great danger when historians of a given subject, like the history of rail transportation in the United States take off their historian hat and … Continue reading

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Book Review: Punk, Rotten & Nasty

Punk, Rotten & Nasty:  The Saga Of The Pacific Railway & Navigation Company, by Paul Michael Clock It is rather striking that a short-lived railroad that performed a notable task of civic-mindedness should have been saddled with such a terrible … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Devil’s Mercedes

The Devil’s Mercedes:   The Bizarre And Disturbing Adventures Of Hitler’s Limousine In America, by Robert Klara This book manages to tell a compelling story about two cars and their contrasting fate in North America, and seeks to tell a larger … Continue reading

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Book Review: Transportation: Then And Now

Transportation:  Then And Now, by Robin Nelson It is hard to tell exactly how much work went into this particular book.  It is a very basic book that is aimed at children who are just learning how to read nonfiction … Continue reading

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Book Review: The King’s Best Highway

The King’s Best Highway:  The Lost History Of The Boston Post Road, The Road That Made America, by Eric Jaffe This book is a bit of a bait and switch.  For one, this book did not exactly make America, as … Continue reading

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Book Review: Drive

Drive:  Henry Ford, George Selden, And the Race to Invent The Auto Age, by Lawrence Goldstone Henry Ford is one of the names that is associated with the auto age, and it is clear that this author wishes to take … Continue reading

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Book Review: Car Country

Car Country:  An Environmental History, by Christopher W. Wells I have to have a grudging degree of respect for an author like this one, who seeks to split the difference between the thesis that America’s transportation infrastructure is so car-oriented … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Tin Ticket

The Tin Ticket:  The Heroic Journey Of Australia’s Convict Women, by Deborah J. Swiss As someone who has read at least a little bit about Australia’s convict women, it is pretty clear that there was both something deeply problematic about … Continue reading

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Book Review: Blow For The Landing

Blow For The Landing:  A Hundred Years Of Steam Navigation On The Waters Of The West, by Fritz Timmen I wanted to like this book more than I did.  In many ways this book seemed like less than the sum … Continue reading

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Book Review: From Here To There

From Here To There:  The Story Of How We Transport Ourselves And Everything Else, by HP Newquist This book was not quite what I expected it to be.  That is not to say that it is a bad book, because … Continue reading

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