From Pulitzer Prize-winner John McPhee-author of The Founding Fish -comes the fascinating story of an often overlooked, yet vitally important part of America. This first-hand account of the transportation sector features evocative portraits of the men and women who deliver our consumer and industrial goods. McPhee begins his adventure riding with Don Ainsworth, owner and operator of an 18-wheeler hauling nearly 30 tons of highly toxic chemicals from North Carolina to Washington. He continues his journey on a towboat pushing over 1,000 feet of barge up the narrow channel of the Illinois River. He rounds out his account crawling through Nebraska, Kansas, and the Powder River Basin of Wyoming in massive coal trains. Along the way, he tells the stories of the people he meets and the places he visits. McPhee's sense of humor, incisive observations, and historical asides make for a highly entertaining journey across America. "Read this colorful journalism and you will never view an 18-wheeler, freight train, or UPS truck in quite the same way."-Kirkus Reviews
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"It might be impossible to make long-haul trucking, river towboats, or interstate coal trains sexy, but John McPhee succeeds in making them interesting. In this book about the transportation industry, he tells stories about fascinating, often overlooked people. Along the way, he seamlessly weaves in a wealth of factual, historical, and statistical information. It's so effortless that listeners won't realize how much they've learned until they turn off the book. McPhee writes in a lyrical style that makes grand landscapes and intimate scenes come to life. He uses humor and detailed descriptions to great effect. His reading has a storytelling style. But he pauses at awkward moments, and his breathing is clearly audible. R.C.G. (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine"
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