The Longest Line on the Map by Eric Rutkow audiobook

The Longest Line on the Map: The United States, the Pan-American Highway, and the Quest to Link the Americas

By Eric Rutkow
Read by Jacques Roy

Simon & Schuster Audio 9781501103902
14.66 Hours Unabridged
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The brilliant, award-winning author of American Canopypresents a dazzling account of the epic quest to link North and South America with the world’s longest road—the Pan American Highway—and how its construction and evolution reflected the divergent fates of North, Central, and South America in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The Pan-American Highway is the longest road in the world, running the length of the Western Hemisphere from Prudhoe Bay in Alaska to Tierra del Fuego in South America. It represents a dream of friendship, commerce, mobility, of the Americas united. Our collective imaginations have been forged along its path: Ernesto “Che” Guevara, the iconic Argentine revolutionary, traveled it northward in The Motorcycle Diaries; Jack Kerouac, the voice of the beat generation, followed it southward in On the Road. Many adventurers have journeyed the highway’s distance, but the road itself still remains shrouded in mystery. Why was it built? And why does it remain unfinished, with a sixty-mile long break, the famed Darien Gap, enduring between Panama and Colombia? In Eric Rutkow’s “richly detailed examination of efforts to build a highway from Alaska to the tip of Argentina…[this] fresh, well-documented account” (Kirkus Reviews) chronicles the full story of the highway’s long, winding path to construction, which reshaped foreign policy, cost US taxpayers a billion dollars, consumed countless lives over a 150-year period, and changed the destinies of two continents. Fully illustrated with photographs, documents, and maps, The Longest Line on the Map offers readers a bird’s eye view of the incredible highway that snakes through more than a century’s worth of US and Latin American history, ending in a triumphant ideology that insists the Americas share a common destiny and mutual interests.

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Summary

The brilliant, award-winning author of American Canopypresents a dazzling account of the epic quest to link North and South America with the world’s longest road—the Pan American Highway—and how its construction and evolution reflected the divergent fates of North, Central, and South America in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

The Pan-American Highway is the longest road in the world, running the length of the Western Hemisphere from Prudhoe Bay in Alaska to Tierra del Fuego in South America. It represents a dream of friendship, commerce, mobility, of the Americas united. Our collective imaginations have been forged along its path: Ernesto “Che” Guevara, the iconic Argentine revolutionary, traveled it northward in The Motorcycle Diaries; Jack Kerouac, the voice of the beat generation, followed it southward in On the Road. Many adventurers have journeyed the highway’s distance, but the road itself still remains shrouded in mystery. Why was it built? And why does it remain unfinished, with a sixty-mile long break, the famed Darien Gap, enduring between Panama and Colombia?

In Eric Rutkow’s “richly detailed examination of efforts to build a highway from Alaska to the tip of Argentina…[this] fresh, well-documented account” (Kirkus Reviews) chronicles the full story of the highway’s long, winding path to construction, which reshaped foreign policy, cost US taxpayers a billion dollars, consumed countless lives over a 150-year period, and changed the destinies of two continents. Fully illustrated with photographs, documents, and maps, The Longest Line on the Map offers readers a bird’s eye view of the incredible highway that snakes through more than a century’s worth of US and Latin American history, ending in a triumphant ideology that insists the Americas share a common destiny and mutual interests.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Award-winning Yale historian Rutkow reconstructs the efforts to build it while considering the long-term consequences for North, Central, and South America.” Library Journal

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Author

Author Bio: Eric Rutkow

Author Bio: Eric Rutkow

Eric Rutkow is a writer, lawyer, and professor of history at Yale University. He is the author of The Longest Line on the Map and American Canopy, which was named one of the top ten books of 2012 by Smithsonian magazine and received the Association of American Publisher’s PROSE award for US history. He earned his BA and PhD degrees from Yale and his JD from Harvard.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 14.66
Audience: Adult
Language: English