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The Visual Dictionary of Transportation

by Ariane Archambault & Jean-Claude Corbeil Les Éditions Québec Amérique (July 20, 2012)

The Visual Dictionary of Transportation gives readers the chance to explore ancient and modern transport, on road, rails, water, or in the air. Convenient and affordable, this book is the perfect tool to discover...


Nathaniel's Nutmeg

by Giles Milton Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 10, 2014)

A true tale of high adventure in the South Seas.

The tiny island of Run is an insignificant speck in the Indonesian archipelago. Just two miles long and half a mile wide, it is remote, tranquil, and, these days,...


The Life of the Automobile

by Steven Parissien St. Martin's Press (May 13, 2014)

The Life of the Automobile is the first comprehensive world history of the car.

The automobile has arguably shaped the modern era more profoundly than any other human invention, and author Steven Parissien examines...


Naked Airport

by Alastair Gordon Henry Holt and Co. (April 22, 2014)

The first full cultural history of the ultimate modern structure: the airport, revealed as never before ...

Since its origins in the muddy fields of flying machines, the airport has arguably become one of the...


Metronome

by Lorant Deutsch St. Martin's Press (December 03, 2013)

A phenomenal bestseller in France, Metronome presents a fascinating history of Paris through the lens of the city's iconic Metro system

Did you know that the last Gallic warriors massacred by the Romans lie beneath...


The Lost Fleet

by Marc Songini St. Martin's Press (November 26, 2013)

Arctic disasters, rogue whales, ambush by Confederate ships--the true saga of one captain's struggle to survive the demise of the Yankee whaling fleet

It's the mid-ninteenth century and the American whaling fleet...


Ninety Percent of Everything

by Rose George Henry Holt and Co. (August 13, 2013)

Eye-opening and compelling, the overlooked world of freight shipping, revealed as the foundation of our civilization

On ship-tracking websites, the waters are black with dots. Each dot is a ship; each ship is...


The Pirate Wars

by Peter Earle St. Martin's Press (July 02, 2013)

Investigating the fascination pirates hold over the popular imagination, Peter Earle takes the fable of ocean-going Robin Hoods sailing under the "banner of King Death" and contrasts it with the murderous reality...


On Wheels

by Michael Holroyd Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 14, 2013)

From the bestselling author of A Book of Secrets, a brisk, charming, illustrated account of a motoring life

As a child, Michael Holroyd spent his best hours in his family's cramped garage, which contained a wealth...


Straphanger

by Taras Grescoe Henry Holt and Co. (April 24, 2012)

Taras Grescoe rides the rails all over the world and makes an elegant and impassioned case for the imminent end of car culture and the coming transportation revolution

"I am proud to call myself a straphanger,"...


Atlantic Fever

by Joe Jackson Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 08, 2012)

For five weeks—from April 14 to May 21, 1927—the world held its breath while fourteen aviators took to the air to capture the $25,000 prize that Raymond Orteig offered to the first man to cross the Atlantic...


Permanent Emergency

by Kip Hawley & Nathan Means St. Martin's Press (April 24, 2012)

Since 2001 the TSA has accepted responsibility for protecting over two million people a day at U.S. airports and managing transportation operations around the world. But how effective is this beleaguered agency,...


The Great American Railroad War

by Dennis Drabelle St. Martin's Press (August 21, 2012)

How two of America's greatest authors took on the Central Railroad monopoly

The notorious Central Pacific Railroad riveted the attention of two great American writers: Ambrose Bierce and Frank Norris. In The...


Aerotropolis

by John D. Kasarda & Greg Lindsay Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 01, 2011)

This brilliant and eye-opening look at the new phenomenon called the aerotropolis gives us a glimpse of the way we will live in the near future—and the way we will do business too.

Not so long ago, airports...


Fly by Wire

by William Langewiesche Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 10, 2009)

On January 15, 2009, a US Airways Airbus A320 had just taken off from LaGuardia Airport in New York when a flock of Canada geese collided with it, destroying both of its engines. Over the next three minutes,...


Carjacked: The Culture of the Automobile and Its Effect on Our Lives

by Catherine Lutz & Anne Lutz Fernandez St. Martin's Press (January 05, 2010)

Carjacked is an in-depth look at our obsession with cars. While the automobile's contribution to global warming and the effects of volatile gas prices are is widely known, the problems we face every day because...


The Yugo

by Jason Vuic Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 01, 2011)

Six months after its American introduction in 1985, the Yugo was a punch line; within a year, it was a staple of late-night comedy. By 2000, NPR's Car Talk declared it "the worst car of the millennium." And...


The Air Show at Brescia, 1909

by Peter Demetz Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 23, 2002)

An entrancing avant-garde adventure at the dawn of the modern age

In 1909, municipal authorities built an airfield in northern Italy and invited leading pilots to compete on it. The show attracted thousands of...


The Lost Pilots

by Corey Mead Flatiron Books (May 08, 2018)

Corey Mead's The Lost Pilots is the saga of two star crossed pilots who soar to the greatest heights of fame, tailspin into scandal and crime, and go the ultimate lengths for a chance at redemption...

During...


The Mayflower

by Rebecca Fraser St. Martin's Publishing Group (November 07, 2017)

From acclaimed historian and biographer Rebecca Fraser comes a vivid narrative history of the Mayflower and of the Winslow family, who traveled to America in search of a new world.

“There is nothing sleep-inducing...


The Airborne in World War II

by Michael E. Haskew St. Martin's Press (August 01, 2017)

D-Day, Operation Market Garden, Battle of the Bulge—the US Airborne divisions were integral at all these major points in World War II. But they also played a significant role in North Africa, where they first...


Lusitania

by Greg King & Penny Wilson St. Martin's Press (February 24, 2015)

On the 100th Anniversary of its sinking, King and Wilson tell the story of the Lusitania's glamorous passengers and the torpedo that ended an era and prompted the US entry into World War I.

Lusitania: She was...


The White Cascade

by Gary Krist Henry Holt and Co. (January 22, 2008)

The never-before-told story of one of the worst rail disasters in U.S. history in which two trains full of people, trapped high in the Cascade Mountains, are hit by a devastating avalanche

In February 1910,...


Wager with the Wind

by James Greiner & James Arness St. Martin's Press (August 05, 2011)

Don Sheldon has been called 'Alaska's bush pilot among bush pilots', but he was also just one man in a fragile airplane who, in the end, was solely responsible for each mission he flew, be it a high-risk landing...


Coming Back Alive

by Spike Walker St. Martin's Press (October 11, 2002)

When the fishing vessel La Conte sinks suddenly at night in one-hundred-mile-per-hour winds and record ninety-foot seas during a savage storm in January 1998, her five crewmen are left to drift without a life...


Nights of Ice

by Spike Walker St. Martin's Press (February 15, 1999)

Spike Walker has spent more than a decade fishing in the subzero hell of Alaska's coastal waters. This collection--coming on the heels of his classic memoir Working on the Edge--is a testament to the courage...


Colonel Cody and the Flying Cathedral

by Garry Jenkins Picador (March 10, 2015)

Colonel Cody and the Flying Cathedral is the fascinating and bizarre history of Samuel Franklin Cody, who in his early years worked the same cattle trails as Buffalo Bill and played the same Dodge City roulette...


Steam

by Andrea Sutcliffe St. Martin's Press (March 24, 2015)

In 1807, Robert Fulton, using an English mail-order steam engine, chugged four miles an hour up the Hudson River, passing into popular folklore as the inventor of the steamboat. However, the true first passenger...


The Underground Guide to New York City Subways

by Dave Frattini St. Martin's Press (May 27, 2014)

The only guide you will ever need to travel around New York City by subway.

From the theater district of trendy Manhattan to the quaint residential neighborhoods of Queens, every single station in the four boroughs...


China's Great Train

by Abrahm Lustgarten Henry Holt and Co. (May 12, 2009)

A vivid account of China's unstoppable quest to build a railway into Tibet, and its obsession to transform its land and its people

In the summer of 2006, the Chinese government fulfilled a fifty-year plan to...


Ten Hours Until Dawn

by Michael J. Tougias St. Martin's Press (April 01, 2007)

In the midst of the Blizzard of 1978, the tanker Global Hope floundered on the shoals in Salem Sound off the Massachusetts coast. The Coast Guard heard the Mayday calls and immediately dispatched a patrol boat....


On the Edge of Survival

by Spike Walker St. Martin's Press (September 28, 2010)

From the acclaimed author whose beloved books inspired the hit television show, The Deadliest Catch, comes a thrilling true adventure tale in the Alaskan seas

A Malaysian cargo ship on its way from Seattle,...


Heaven's Ditch

by Jack Kelly St. Martin's Press (July 05, 2016)

The technological marvel of its age, the Erie Canal grew out of a sudden fit of inspiration. Proponents didn't just dream; they built a 360-mile waterway entirely by hand and largely through wilderness. As excitement...


Finding North

by George Michelsen Foy Flatiron Books (May 10, 2016)

Navigation is the key human skill. It's something we do everywhere, whether feeling our way through a bedroom in the dark, or charting a ship's course. But how does navigation affect our brains, our memory,...


The Last Voyage of the Karluk

by William Laird McKinlay St. Martin's Press (August 25, 2015)

An astonishing narrative of disaster and perseverance, The Last Voyage of the Karluk will thrill readers of adventure classics like Into Thin Air and The Climb. In 1913, explorer Vilhjalmur Stefansson hired...