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From Paris to New York by Land

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"What was the object of this stupendous voyage, or the reward to be gained by this apparently unnecessary risk of life and endurance of hardships?" Harry De Windt's aim was to find out if a railway that connected Paris and New York could be constructed - from today's point of view an almost incredible purpose and effort. Originally published in 1903.
Paperback, 262 pages
Published August 24th 2010 by Salzwasser-Verlag Gmbh (first published 2001)
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Peter
Aug 18, 2014 Peter rated it really liked it
I was very surprised by this book - its not the stuff i usually read - but the story had me enthralled.

As this was written approx 100 years ago it was fascinating to follow the trip using google maps to see if the Russian or Alaskan villages he mentions have grown into cities or simply disappeared into history books.

I must track down the authors other travel books and see if they provide such an interesting read.

Bonnie
May 30, 2013 Bonnie rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Those who like travel writing or Siberia
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This was a fairly interesting account of a French-Englishman's journey through Siberia and over the Bering Straits to Alaska, for the purpose of determining whether a transcontinental railway could be built. His insights into the lifestyles of the Siberian natives in the early 1900's were interesting, and he seems to realize immediately upon reaching Alaska, that a railway from Paris to New York is probably never going to happen. No regrets, though, I'm sure.
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