By James McCommons
During the tumultuous 12 months of 2008--when gasoline costs reached $4 a gallon, Amtrak set ridership files, and a commuter teach collided with a freight teach in California--journalist James McCommons spent a 12 months on America's trains, speaking to the folks who journey and paintings the rails all through a lot of the Amtrak method. equipped round those rail trips, Waiting on a Train is equivalent components trip narrative, own memoir, and investigative journalism.
Readers meet the historians, railroad executives, transportation officers, politicians, govt regulators, railroad lobbyists, and passenger-rail advocates who're rallying round an easy query: Why has the best railroad country on the planet grew to become its again at the very kind of transportation that made smooth lifestyles and mobility possible?
Distrust of railroads within the 19th century, overregulation within the 20th, and heavy executive subsidies for airports and roads have left the rustic with a skeletal intercity passenger-rail procedure. Amtrak has persisted for many years, and but did not prosper as a result of a scarcity of political and monetary aid and an uneasy dating with the large, last railroads.
While using the rails, McCommons explores how the rustic could circulation passenger rail ahead in America--and what function executive may still play in developing and investment mass-transportation platforms. opposed to the backdrop of the nation's stimulus software, he explores what it is going to take to construct high-speed trains and transportation networks, and whilst the promise of rail may be discovered in America.
By James Hoare
Tradition shrewdpermanent! offers crucial info on attitudes, ideals and behaviour in several international locations, making sure that you simply arrive at your vacation spot conscious of simple manners, universal courtesies, and delicate matters. those concise courses let you know what to anticipate, the way to behave, and the way to set up a rapport together with your hosts. This within wisdom will enable you stay away from embarrassing gaffes and errors, believe convinced in surprising events, and advance belief, friendships, and winning company relationships.
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By David Hampshire
Written in an pleasing type with a slightly of humor, dwelling and dealing in Switzerland is designed to supply newbies with the sensible info precious for a comparatively basic lifestyles. It contents comprise discovering a role, allows & visas, well-being, lodging, finance, assurance, schooling, procuring, publish workplace and phone prone, public delivery, motoring, television and radio, relaxation, activities and masses, even more. it's jam-packed with very important details and insider how one can aid reduce tradition surprise and decrease the newbies rookie interval to a minimal. dwelling and dealing in Switzerland is vital studying for a person making plans to spend a longer interval in Switzerland.
By James Proctor
Overlaying either well known points of interest and people much less famous, this advisor introduces Sweden's highlights with experiences of the easiest locations to stick, consume and drink, plus 'authors' choices' to spotlight the simplest recommendations. It comprises suggestion on exploring the surroundings, together with details on mountaineering, iciness activities, and the nationwide parks.
By Lonely Planet
Lonely Planet: The world's best commute advisor publisher
Lonely Planet Washington, DC is your passport to the main correct, updated suggestion on what to determine and pass, and what hidden discoveries wait for you. Spend hours below the spell of the Smithsonian Institution's many museums, see the monuments and memorials lit up at evening, or store alongside old Georgetown's cobbled lanes; all along with your depended on trip significant other. Get to the center of Washington, DC and start your trip now!
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By Patrick Leigh Fermor
The Mani, on the tip of Greece’s—and Europe’s—southernmost promontory, is without doubt one of the so much remoted areas of the area. bring to an end from the remainder of the rustic through the towering variety of the Taygetus and hemmed in by means of the Aegean and Ionian seas, it's a land the place the previous is nonetheless greatly part of its people’s day-by-day lives.
Patrick Leigh Fermor, who has been defined as “a go among Indiana Jones, James Bond, and Graham Greene,” bridges the genres of experience tale, commute writing, and memoir to bare an historical global residing along the 20 th century. right here, within the publication that proven his popularity as one of many English language’s most interesting writers of prose, Patrick Leigh Fermor includes the reader with him on his trips one of the Greeks of the mountains, exploring their background and standard lore.
Mani is a better half quantity to Patrick Leigh Fermor’s celebrated Roumeli: Travels in Northern Greece.
By Vago Damitio
From dwelling in a van to sizzling air balloons over Turkey, crusing within the Aegean, and using camels in the course of the Sahara together with his Berber bride...How the fuck did he do it? The secrets and techniques of tender dwelling Lie inside of.
By Bruce Henderson
It all started as President Ulysses S. Grant's bid for overseas glory after the Civil War—America's first try to succeed in the North Pole. It ended with Captain Charles Hall's demise below suspicious conditions, dissension between sailors, scientists, and explorers, the ship's abandonment and eventual sinking. Then got here a brutal fight for survival by way of thirty-three males, ladies and kids, stranded at the polar ice—and dramatic rescues by means of whaling ships. whilst information of the disastrous excursion and accusations of homicide reached Washington D.C., it resulted in a national scandal, an reputable research, and a central authority cover-up. The secret of the captain's dying remained unsolved for almost a hundred years. but if Charles Hall's frozen grave in northern Greenland was once opened, and hair and fingernail samples have been retrieved, forensic scientists have been eventually in a position to succeed in a surprising end. Now, telling the full tale for the 1st time, no 1 long island occasions bestselling writer Bruce Henderson—whose works were praised as "compelling" (Los Angeles instances e-book evaluation) and "compulsively readable" (San Francisco Examiner)—has researched unique transcripts of the U.S. army inquests, own papers of Captain corridor, post-mortem and forensic studies with regards to the century-old crime, the ship's unique log, own journals saved by way of crewmen, and hero-survivor George Tyson's diary and relatives papers to deliver to lifestyles some of the most mysterious tragedies of yank arctic exploration.
By Paolo Barbaro
The town OF VENICE is one of those miracle - surrounded via the ocean, lower via as many canals as streets, equipped on fill strengthened with pilings made from large tree trunks, it defies nature and trust. No urban has been extra usually painted or written approximately; for hundreds of years it has drawn viewers for its nutrients and cafés, its masked balls and highway existence, its public squares and structures, the great thing about its sunsets, the softness of the air, the readability of its light.
But Venice is demise - actually sinking into the ocean - and its attractiveness has drawn such a lot of travelers that normal voters can now not find the money for to reside there. Paolo Barbaro grew up in Venice and after a whole operating existence as a civil engineer in towns scattered internationally he went domestic. There he fell in love once more with a urban that appeared to be slipping away. He describes the illumination of that rediscovery during this impressive e-book - a super evocation and outline of a urban which has misplaced none of its strength to appeal, dazzle, and take one's breath away.
But the fervour in Barbaro's plea for the salvation of his local urban has a deeper resource than nostalgia. If humankind can't stir itself to avoid wasting Venice, he asks, what desire is there for different endangered towns, locations, and animals?
“Not on account that Rilke have we learn pages approximately Venice with the facility of these.” -- Vittorio Branca