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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (300 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ted Conover Narrator: Dick Hill Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Roads bind our world'metaphorically and literally transforming landscapes and the lives of the people who inhabit them. Roads have unparalleled power to impact communities, unite worlds and sunder them, and reveal the hopes and fears of those who travel them.

With his marvelous eye for detail and his contagious enthusiasm, Ted Conover explores six of these key byways worldwide. In Peru, he traces the journey of a load of rare mahogany over the Andes to its origin, an untracked part of the Amazon basin soon to be traversed by a new east-west route across South America. In East Africa, he visits truckers whose travels have been linked to the worldwide spread of AIDS. In the West Bank, he monitors highway checkpoints with Israeli soldiers and then passes through them with Palestinians, witnessing the injustices and danger borne by both sides. He shuffles down a frozen riverbed with teenagers escaping their Himalayan valley to see how a new road will affect the now-isolated Indian region of Ladakh. From the passenger seat of a new Hyundai piling up the miles, he describes the exuberant upsurge in car culture as highways proliferate across China. And from inside an ambulance, he offers an apocalyptic but precise vision of Lagos, Nigeria, where congestion and chaos on freeways signal the rise of the global megacity.

A spirited, urgent book that reveals the costs and benefits of being connected how, from ancient Rome to the present, roads have played a crucial role in human life, advancing civilization even as they set it back.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kenneth E. Harrison, Jr. | 2/19/2014

    " Ted Conover's excellent social-anthropological writing in The Routes of Man covers trips from Park Avenue to Peru (following expensive mahogony to its source), India's Zanskar's chaddar (when the river freezes over, it becomes a major roadway), Kenya (following the routes of truck drivers as well as the path of AIDS), the West Bank (both sides: Palestinians and Israelis, and the latter's checkpoints), the burgeoning car culture in China, and the horrors of the highways in Lagos, Nigeria. Conover, as always, is an attentive, wise writer--and he mixes history and personal experience with astute commentary. The book falters a bit with its "inter-chapters" (short meditations on various roadways), especially a precious piece on Broadway and an epilogue that lacks significant impact. But the major chapters are terrific, as good as anything Conover has written. Highly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sarah | 2/17/2014

    " Another great book from Ted Conover. He proves himself again as our generation's Studs Terkel. This book is a little different than the previous, as it is not the tale of a single adventure, but a look back at lessons learned from what I'm sure was many adventures. Don't let that fool you though, it was still riveting. The central theme is roads, but the stories are really about how roads bring modernization to cultures and economies. It made me think a lot about my perspective on the modernization of countries more rural or 3rd world than the US. Basically, who are we, who've already used up a lot of our resources, to tell them they should respect nature and preserve? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Thom | 2/9/2014

    " Anecdotes and a wandering agenda, still pretty interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by John Hendricks | 1/28/2014

    " A series of articles about roads and their impact on the communities they go through. It's immensely readable, and offers a nice perspective into cultures where views of roads are as life-changers, not merely a way to get around. Don't read it straight through..read a story, then put it down for later... "

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