"What was the object of this stupendous voyage, or the reward to be gained by this apparently unnecessary risk of life and endurance of hardships?" Harry De Windt's aim was to find out if a railway that connected Paris and New York could be constructed - from today's point of view an almost incredible purpose and effort. Originally published in 1903....
|Title||:||From Paris to New York by Land|
|Number of Pages||:||262 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
|Last checked||:||21 Minutes ago!|
From Paris to New York by Land Reviews
I was very surprised by this book - its not the stuff i usually read - but the story had me enthralled. As this was written approx 100 years ago it was fascinating to follow the trip using google maps to see if the Russian or Alaskan villages he mentions have grown into cities or simply disappeared into history books. I must track down the authors other travel books and see if they provide such an interesting read.
This was a fairly interesting account of a French-Englishman's journey through Siberia and over the Bering Straits to Alaska, for the purpose of determining whether a transcontinental railway could be built. His insights into the lifestyles of the Siberian natives in the early 1900's were interesting, and he seems to realize immediately upon reaching Alaska, that a railway from Paris to New York is probably never going to happen. No regrets, though, I'm sure.