The DOI Reads Book Club

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Wednesday, June 22, 2022, 12:30 to 1:30 pm ET

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Please join us to discuss The Longest Line on the Map: The United States, the Pan-American Highway, and the Quest to Link the Americas, by Eric Rutkow.

As always, all are welcome and you don't need to finish the book to join us. Just bring your questions, insights and thoughts about this book.

The DOI Reads Book Club will continue to meet every six weeks and all are welcome to join. Books and topics will rotate but will relate to the mission of the Department of the Interior.

Advance RSVPs are very welcome, but all are encouraged to come regardless. To RSVP or for more information about the DOI Reads Book Club and other DOI Library programs and events, please contact the library staff via email (library@ios.doi.gov) or phone at 202-208-5815. The DOI Library does not have enough copies to lend this book to everyone, so please purchase a copy or borrow one from your local library. Copies are available from online booksellers.

Since we will be encouraging an open discussion during the meeting, there will be no need to mute your phone or computer microphone. You also do not need to disable the camera capability and/or cover the camera lens on your computer but keep in mind that others viewing the webinar might be able to observe you at your home or workplace.

 

The Longest Line on the Map: The United States, the Pan-American Highway, and the Quest to Link the Americas
By Eric Rutkow
Paperback: 336 Pages
Publisher: Scribner (December 10, 2019)

From the award-winning author of American Canopy, a dazzling account of the world’s longest road, the Pan-American Highway, and the epic quest to link North and South America, a dramatic story of commerce, technology, politics, and the divergent fates of the Americas in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

The Pan-American Highway, monument to a century’s worth of diplomacy and investment, education and engineering, scandal and sweat, is the longest road in the world, passable everywhere save the mythic Darien Gap that straddles Panama and Colombia. The highway’s history, however, has long remained a mystery, a story scattered among government archives, private papers, and fading memories. In contrast to the Panama Canal and its vast literature, the Pan-American Highway—the United States’ other great twentieth-century hemispheric infrastructure project—has become an orphan of the past, effectively erased from the story of the “American Century.”

The Longest Line on the Map uncovers this incredible tale for the first time and weaves it into a tapestry that fascinates, informs, and delights. Rutkow’s narrative forces the reader to take seriously the question: Why couldn’t the Americas have become a single region that “is” and not two near irreconcilable halves that “are”? Whether you’re fascinated by the history of the Americas, or you’ve dreamed of driving around the globe, or you simply love world records and the stories behind them, The Longest Line on the Map is a riveting narrative, a lost epic of hemispheric scale.

From Amazon.com

 

Updated April 2022

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