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Making Tracks
An American Rail Odyssey
by Terry Pindell - copyright © 1990
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Terry Pindell climbs aboard America's trains and takes us with him to that place on the distant horizon where, like the twin steel rails, history and modern times seem to intersect.

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United States $14.95 / ISBN 0-8050-1740-2 (An Owl Book: pbk.)

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Henry Holt and Company, Inc.
115 West 18th Street
New York, NY 10011

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"Terry Pindell climbs aboard America's trains and takes us with him to that place on the distant horizon where, like the twin steel rails, history and modern times seem to intersect." -- Dayton Duncan

"One of the freshest readable travel books of recent years" -- Henry Kisor, The Chicago Sun-Times

In 1988 Terry Pindell set out to travel all 30,000 miles of America's remaining passenger lines -- in hopes that his journey would lead to "integration of past and present, of history and headlines." Here are the stories of legendary figures of American railroading, such as Cornelius Vanderbilt and George Pullman, of the nameless thousands who created the monumental engineering and architectural feats that are the nation's railways, and of today's rail workers and passengers who have seen the country up close and have something to say about it. Part history, part travelogue, Making Tracks is a rail's-eye view of America's ever-changing landscape and character.

Terry Pindell lives in Keene, New Hampshire, and is also the author of Last Train to Toronto.

"Making Tracks is one of those rare finds, a book in which skill and knowledge combine with passion to make absolultely wonderful reading. It is about history, the passage of time, and the secrets of the human heart, and it is a joy to read." -- Craig Nova

"A consistently interesting, gracefully written chronicle by a thoughtful observer." -- Karl Zimmerman, Boston Sunday Herald

"A generous slice of Americana in which the author discovers in the history of the railroads 'a lost grail of our American selves.'" -- Kirkus Reviews

"A richly diverse tableau of American dream (and nighmares) in the late 1980's." -- Michael Upchurch, The Seattle Times

"Not since John Steinbeck's Travels with Charley has anyone put together a better story about America on the road." -- Hank Harvey, Toledo Blade

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