Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Waiting on a Train

What book did I pack when my husband, daughter, and I rode the train from Milwaukee to Portland, Oregon this summer?  Why Waiting on a Train:  The Embattled Future of Passenger Rail Service by Marquette's own James McCommons.  Not only is this title highly relevant to the trip we took, it's just plain well-written. 

McCommons spent a year riding Amtrak and interviewing people in preparation for this book.  Not only did he talk to fellow riders and staff on the trains he rode, he talked to railroad executives (both passenger and freight), lobyists, and politicians.  In Waiting on a Train, he tries to get a deeper sense of what works, what doesn't, and what needs to be done to make passenger rail service as funtional as possible.

This book was selected as a Library Journal best book of 2009.

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1 comment:

  1. This is a good book! Very eye opening. Paints a very sympathetic and truthful picture of Amtrak.