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TO THE EDGE OF THE WORLD

To the Edge of the World is an adventure in travel—full of extraordinary personalities, more than a century of explosive political, economic, and cultural events, and almost inconceivable feats of engineering. Christian Wolmar passionately recounts the improbable origins of the Trans-Siberian railroad, the vital artery for Russian expansion that spans almost 6,000 miles and seven time zones from Moscow to Vladivostok. The world's longest train route took a decade to build—in the face of punishing climates, rampant disease, scarcity of funds and materials, and widespread corruption. The line sprawls over a treacherous landmass that was previously populated only by disparate tribes and convicts serving out their terms in labor camps—where men were regularly starved, tortured, or mutilated for minor offenses. Once built, it led to the establishment of new cities and transformed the region's history. Exceeding all expectations, it became, according to Wolmar, “the best thing that ever happened to Siberia.”
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Publication date Apr 21, 2016
Thematic Category History, Travel
Series History - Politics
Age 18+
Translator ΣΤΑΥΡΟΠΟΥΛΟΣ ΔΗΜΗΤΡΗΣ
SKU 17212
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Ο ΚΡΙΣΤΙΑΝ ΓΟΥΟΛΜΑΡ είναι κορυφαίος συγγραφέας και ραδιοφωνικός παραγωγός της Βρετανίας σχετικά με θέματα συγκοινωνιών. Γράφει τακτικά για ευρύ φάσμα εντύπων, όπως τα Independent, Evening Standard και Guardian, και εμφανίζεται συχνά στην τηλεόραση και στο ραδιόφωνο. Στα προηγούμενα βιβλία του περιλαμβάνονται τα The Subterranean Railway, Fire and Steam, Blood, Iron and Gold, Engines of War και The Great Railway Revolution, τα οποία γνώρισαν ευρεία αποδοχή από κοινό και κριτικούς. Επιδιώκει να πάρει το χρίσμα των Εργατικών, προκειμένου να κατεβεί στις δημοτικές εκλογές του 2016 ως υποψήφιος δήμαρχος Λονδίνου.
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