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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Farrar Straus & Giroux
Publication date April 3, 2007
Pages 248
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780865477391
ISBN-10 0865477396
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.25 by 8.25 in.
Weight 0.64 lbs.
Original list price $16.00
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description:

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. John McPhee rides from Atlanta to Tacoma alongside Don Ainsworth, owner and operator of a sixty-five-foot, five-axle, eighteen-wheel chemical tanker carrying hazmats―in Ainsworth's opinion "the world's most beautiful truck," so highly polished you could part your hair while looking at it. He goes "out in the sort" among the machines that process a million packages a day at UPS Air's distribution hub at Louisville International Airport. And (among other trips) he travels 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," longer even than the Queen Mary 2.

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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Hardcover
Book cover for 9780374280390 Book cover for 9780786290925
 
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.
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.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780865477391
 
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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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