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The Way to Go: Moving by Sea, Land, and Air Paperback – 1 May 2016
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For those who don't like to read much, and just look at pictures, you'll find enough in this book to keep you interested. But the real value of the book is Ascher's narrative. She looks at many aspects of travel, byt all possible modes, and explains what makes them work, why they are developed, how the infrastructure to support these modes is put in place, and how the day-to-day operation of these transport systems operates. All in all, it's a surprisingly in-depth look at transportation systems we take for granted. You are guaranteed to learn something in each chapter, regardless of your subject expertise.
Some label Ascher's books as for younger readers. And while the younger reader will be fascinated by the pictures, I disagree with the labeling: these are books to be read by curious adults who want to know more about the world around them. With each of the three books I've read from Ascher, I've learned quite a bit. And in the end, that's why I read: to learn and be entertained. Ascher does that very well, and I really enjoyed working through this book. Recommended for the curious of mind, for sure!