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The Longest Line on the Map: The United States, the Pan-American Highway, and the Quest to Link the Americas

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From the brilliant award-winning author of American Canopy, a dazzling account of the epic quest to link North and South America with the world’s longest road—the Pan American Highway—and how its construction and evolution reflected the divergent fates of North, Central, and South America in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

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Hardcover, 448 pages
Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by Scribner
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David Eppenstein
I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review and I thank them for the opportunity.

From the title of this book it appears to be a history of the PanAmerican Highway and it is, however, it also so much more that the book should probably be retitled as it cover 150 years of history and only about half or less deals with the titled highway. About the first 40% of the book covers the initial idea of building a Pan-American Railroad. Since this effort begins shortly after our Ci
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Craig Pearson
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I thoroughly enjoy books on history that read more like a novel than a dry textbook. this is one of those. Rutkow covers such a wide range of geography and social politics that it is impossible for the normal reader to verify the details he presents. When he covered the importance of theodore Roosevelt to the Western Hemisphere, primarily the Panama Canal, the author mentioned that TR earned his western chops while ranching in the Badlands of South Dakota. This is a jarring error that brings to ...more
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