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Uncommon Carriers
Title:Uncommon Carriers
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Epic book online Books by: John McPhee b What John McPhee s books all have in common is that they are about real people in real places Here at his adventurous best he is out and about with people who work in freight transportation b br br br Over the past eight years John McPhee has spent considerable time in the company of people who work in freight transportation i Uncommon Carriers i is his sketchbook of them and of his journeys with them He rides from Atlanta to Tacoma alongside Don Ainsworth owner and operator of a sixty five foot br eighteen wheel chemical tanker carrying hazmats McPhee attends ship handling school on a pond in the foothills of the French Alps where for a tuition of a week skippers of the largest ocean ships refine their capabilities in twenty foot scale models He goes up the tight assed Illinois River on a br towboat pushing a triple string of barges the overall vessel being a good deal longer than the i Titanic i And he travels by canoe up the canal and lock commercial waterways traveled by Henry David Thoreau and his brother John br in a homemade skiff in br br i Uncommon Carriers i is classic work by McPhee in prose distinguished as always by its author s warm humor keen insight and rich sense of human character

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