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Enjoy some of the best new books on transportation and travel, available from the Ferguson Library.

 

Zoellner, Tom
Train: Riding the Rails That Created the Modern World
385.09 Z85t

Summary
A revelatory account of the world's most indispensable mode of transportation. Tom Zoellner loves trains with a ferocious passion.  In his new book, he chronicles the innovation and impact of the railway technology that changed the world, and could very well change it again.  An entertaining history of railway travel.  Source: From the Publisher

 


Estor, James
Deep: Freediving and What the Ocean Tells Us About Ourselves
551.46 N468d

Review
As he begins training as a freediver, in spite of his fears, author Nestor learns about our body's remarkable amphibious reflexes, instantaneous physical transformations used for centuries by pearl divers. Today innovative and daring marine explorers use freediving to swim among sharks, dolphins, and whales.  Source: Booklist, May 15, 2014

 


Parissien, Steven
The Life of the Automobile
629.22209 P234l

Review
The automobile has come to shape our lives more than any other modern invention. It changed the way we fight wars and make love; enabled the flourishing of suburbia, malls, fast-food drive-ins, motels, and theme parks; and has become an extension of our personalities.  It even became an art form, with its polished chrome, fins, and wings.  Source: Booklist, April 01, 2014

 


Greene, David
Midnight in Siberia: A Train Journey Into the Heart of Russia
947 G799m

Review
NPR's former Moscow bureau chief explains that his book is a journey and an adventure, a wild ride on one of the world's epic train routes, 6,000 miles from Moscow to far East Asia, taking us into the heart of a country and into the lives of its people. Greene’s journey enables him to provide insightful observations about Russian culture.  Source: Library Journal, Nov 01, 2014

 


Lewis, Damien
The Dog Who Could Fly
940.544941 L673d

Review
Czech airman Robert Bozdech saved the life of a small German Shepherd puppy found in an abandoned farmhouse.  In the years that followed, Bozdech, a man without a country, flew for the French and the RAF, and the dog saved him on more than one occasion. This is a gripping story of World War II and an utterly heartfelt narrative.  Source: Booklist, June 01, 2014

 


Barbree, Jay
Neil Armstrong: A Life of Flight
629.45 A737B

Summary
This is the inside story of Neil Armstrong, from the time he flew combat missions in Korea and then flew a rocket called X-15 to the edge of space, to when he saved his Gemini 8 by flying the first emergency return from Earth orbit. With photos and personal details that describe what Armstrong really felt when he took that first moon step.  Source: From the Publisher

 


Most, Doug
The Race Underground: Boston, New York, and America’s First Subway
388.42 M915r

Summary
In the late 19th century as cities grew larger, the streets became clogged with horse-drawn carts. When the blizzard of 1888 brought New York City to a halt, a solution had to be found. Henry Melville Whitney of Boston and William Collins Whitney of New York City were brothers and rivals who pursued the dream of having a great subway.  Source: From the Publisher

 


Wolmar, Christian
To the Edge of the World
385.0957 W865t

Review
The Trans-Siberian Railroad stretches 6,000 miles from Moscow to Vladivostok on the Pacific coast. Wolmar, a writer specializing in transportation, has combined the genres of historical saga and travelogue to provide a sweeping and enjoyable account of the construction, historical importance, and current status of the railroad.  Source: Booklist, July 01, 2014

 


Dyer, Geoff
Another Great Day at Sea
359.9435 D996a

Summary
As a child, author Dyer spent long hours making model fighter planes. So the adult Dyer jumped at the chance of a residency aboard an aircraft carrier.  This astounding book chronicles Dyer’s experiences on the USS George H.W. Bush, from the choreography of the flight deck  to kitchens serving meals for a crew of five thousand.  Source: From the Publisher