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Yesterday's Train: A Rail Odyssey Through Mexican History

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Since 1988, Terry Pindell has been exploring North America, seeking integration of past and present, history and headlines. The result has been three highly acclaimed book spinning a beautiful web of culture, people, travel, and sociology. Now, in his fourth quest for the soul of the continent, Pindell brings us his fullest history and most expansive cultural portrait ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published January 28th 1998 by Owl Publishing Company (first published January 1st 1997)
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Todd Stockslager
Jun 02, 2015 Todd Stockslager rated it liked it
Shelves: travel-geography
Review title: The PTA tour guide to Mexico and its histoy
Planes, trains, and automobiles (and buses) take Pindell and translator/traveling companion Lourdes Ramirez Mallis on a coast to coat and north to south tour of Mexico. This book is a companion (disclaimer: I haven't read the others) to his previous trips across Canada and the United States in similar style.

Pindell provides a useful thumbnail of Mexican history, geography, and culture, alternating between descriptions of the current-day t
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Steven Howes
Jan 24, 2012 Steven Howes rated it liked it
I enjoyed reading this book; but because of Mexico's extremely complex history, I may have to re-read it in order to fully, or at least, better understand it. One needs to understand Mexico's past if he or she is to be able to understand our neighbor to the south and all the issues it seems to generate. Mexico's evolution is quite different from that of Canada (the subject of another of the author's books) and the railways played a much different role in its history.

I think most Americans tend t
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Felisa Rosa
Nov 15, 2009 Felisa Rosa rated it liked it
Shelves: history, nonfiction
In this book, a middle-aged American man travels around Mexico by train and ruminates on Mexican history and the soul of Mexico. The problem with the book is that the author, Terry Pindell, is too comfortable to have any real adventures. He always stays at luxury hotels, and he cheats and takes planes and luxury liners when trains are late or don't offer proper nighttime accommodations. And although he traverses most of Mexico, he keeps coming and going, returning to the states and flying back ...more
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