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Uncommon Carriers
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Farrar Straus & Giroux
Publication date May 16, 2006
Pages 248
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780374280390
ISBN-10 0374280398
Dimensions 0.75 by 6.25 by 8.75 in.
Weight 0.90 lbs.
Original list price $24.00
Summaries and Reviews
A staff writer for The New Yorker recounts his experiences with the freight transportation workers he has encountered during rides between Atlanta and Tacoma, from an eighteen-wheel hazmat tank operator to the skipper of a twenty-foot scale model of an ocean liner. 75,000 first printing. description: Product Description:

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.

Over the past eight years, John McPhee has spent considerable time in the company of people who work in freight transportation. Uncommon Carriers 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,
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 $15,000 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
"towboat" pushing a triple string of barges, the overall vessel being "a good deal longer than the Titanic." And he travels by canoe up the canal-and-lock commercial waterways traveled by Henry David Thoreau and his brother, John,
in a homemade skiff in 1839.

Uncommon Carriers 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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Large print edition from Thorndike Pr (November 22, 2006)
9780786290925 | details & prices | 377 pages | 5.50 × 8.50 × 1.25 in. | 1.24 lbs | List price $29.95
About: What John McPhee's books all have in common is that they are about real people in real places.
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from Farrar Straus & Giroux (May 16, 2006)
9780374280390 | details & prices | 248 pages | 6.25 × 8.75 × 0.75 in. | 0.90 lbs | List price $24.00
About: McPhee's books are about real people in real places.
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from Farrar Straus & Giroux (April 3, 2007)
9780865477391 | details & prices | 248 pages | 5.25 × 8.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.64 lbs | List price $16.00
About: This is a book about people who drive trucks, captain ships, pilot towboats, drive coal trains, and carry lobsters through the air: people who work in freight transportation.

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