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The Longest Line on the Map The United States Pan-American Eric Rutkow Hardcover

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The Longest Line on the Map: The United States, the Pan-American Highway, and the Quest to Link the Americas Hardcover – 8 January 2019
by Eric Rutkow
Condition: New with reminder mark on bottom of book, minor wear on dust jacket
From the award-winning author of American Canopy, a dazzling account of the world’s longest road, the Pan-American Highway, and the epic quest to link North and South America, a dramatic story of commerce, technology, politics, and the divergent fates of the Americas in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

The Pan-American Highway, monument to a century’s worth of diplomacy and investment, education and engineering, scandal and sweat, is the longest road in the world, passable everywhere save the mythic Darien Gap that straddles Panama and Colombia. The highway’s history, however, has long remained a mystery, a story scattered among government archives, private papers, and fading memories. In contrast to the Panama Canal and its vast literature, the Pan-American Highway—the United States’ other great twentieth-century hemispheric infrastructure project—has become an orphan of the past, effectively erased from the story of the “American Century.”

The Longest Line on the Map uncovers this incredible tale for the first time and weaves it into a tapestry that fascinates, informs, and delights. Rutkow’s narrative forces the reader to take seriously the question: Why couldn’t the Americas have become a single region that “is” and not two near irreconcilable halves that “are”? Whether you’re fascinated by the history of the Americas, or you’ve dreamed of driving around the globe, or you simply love world records and the stories behind them, The Longest Line on the Map is a riveting narrative, a lost epic of hemispheric scale.


  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Scribner (8 January 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 448 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1501103903
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 9781501103902
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 16.51 x 3.81 x 23.5 cm

Additional information

Weight 1000 g
Dimensions 25 × 15 × 5 cm
Book Title

The LOngest Line on The Map

Signed

No

Ex Libris

No

Narrative Type

Non-Fiction

Age Level

Adults

Publisher

Scribner

Intended Audience

Adults

Inscribed

No

Vintage

No

Publication Year

2019

Type

Novel

Format

Hardcover

Language

English

Genre

Biographies & True Stories

Country/Region of Manufacture

United States

Topic

American History

Number of Pages

438

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