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Product Details

  • Paperback: 203 pages
  • Publisher: Odysseus Books (October 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970913389
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970913388
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,440,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Whistle-Stopping America has the allure of Matthew Stevenson's masterful writing and his beguiling insights into travel, the next stop, and family. He has an unfailing eye for detail, analysis, and the joys around us, all sprinkled with wit and humor.  His zest for life will trap you.”

        —Jack Owens, author, Don’t Shoot, We’re Republicans

 “Matthew Stevenson's wit and perception sparkle like his writing.”

        —Simon Hoggart, columnist, The Guardian

 “A traveler in time as well as space, Matthew Stevenson finds in the landscape of the present the rich inheritance of the past.”

         —Lewis Lapham, editor and founder, Lapham’s Quarterly


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Matthew Stevenson was born in New York City and grew up on Long Island, attending Buckley Country Day School and Friends Academy. His university degrees are from Bucknell and Columbia universities, and he spent a year abroad with the Institute of European Studies in London and Vienna. He moved to Geneva, Switzerland in 1991 and worked in banking until 2004. He is a contributing editor to Harper's Magazine, and the host of The Travel Hour, a radio program. He is a panelist on World Radio Switzerland's Not So Foreign Affairs, a weekly broadcast. His articles and essays have appeared in numerous publications in the U.S. and Europe. His books include: Letters of Transit, Mentioned in Dispatches, An April Across America, and, most recently, Remembering the Twentieth Century Limited. His forthcoming book is: Whistle Stopping America.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Horner on December 8, 2013
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Whistle – Stopping america is a recent addition to Matthew Stevenson’s growing body of work. He writes in such a way that you feel you are with him on his various journeys. He also writes as if you are having a series of conversations with him. There are conversations about trains and travelling, family and friendship. (He has so many friends he never seems to be staying at hotels.) However these conversations are dominated by Stevenson’s view of American history. This ‘fil rouge’ begins before 1776 and brings us more or less up to date.
In my experience a good conversationalist has a variety of interests and some knowledge in detail of a few. He or she has a sense of humour and a gift with words. How does Stevenson shape up as a conversationalist? Well I think he meets or exceeds all my requirements. He is a devoted family man and knows about that topic in some detail. He also follows several sports some in great detail and since he shares my passion for cycling (extra points for that) he must be a good person. The book supplies evidence that he is a fan of trains and travelling and is a minor expert on getting from point A to point B somehow. The sense of humour is there all the time as is the skill with words.
Having read Whistle-Stopping America I am jealous of you since you will soon be having a conversation over 200 pages with him, and I will not be included. However I look forward to more in the Stevenson style in the near future.

Michael Horner
Secretary to the Burlamaqui-Sundberg Society
December 5 2013
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gavin Dickinson on December 5, 2013
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A really good book interweaving interesting US history with anecdotes from the present day - all written with a dry sense of irony and humour. Matthew's personal and intuitive touches make this a fast and enjoyable read.
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Anytime an author can combine superior historical knowledge, an exquisite eye for detail and a acute sense of what makes a place tick you are in for an enjoyable read. If additionally he writes beautifully and can seamlessly weave quotes from the movie Airplane into his narrative, you've got something special. spend some time travelling the pages with Matthew - it's worth the ride.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I had great pleasure reading this short book, organized into short segments. It renewed my interest in all kinds of things: whimsical travel, travel-writing, American literary classics and history. It covers a wide variety of places and touches on many different themes: political, historical, literary, personal. I highly recommend it.
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