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The Fight for Maglev: Making America The World Leader In 21st Century Transport Paperback – February 5, 2012
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The fact that we have not yet adopted it, and other nations are beating us to, while the technology was invented in the 1960s, is a testament to our governmental ineptitude, the power of entrenched interests, and our enslavement to Wall Street.
I say all this to make clear that a strike against this book should not be seen as strike against Maglev. I know the authors have endured much in their fight to see Maglev implemented in their lifetime, and I'm sure their frustration at its delay is stronger than anyones. This technology, and the infrastructure to support it should *already* be underway in the United States. And the fact that it isn't is something we all should shake our heads at.
The problem with this book, and the reason I gave it three stars is that it is incredibly long-winded and repetitive!
The first few chapters breeze along nicely. Explaining the environmental concerns of if we do not end our dependence on fossil fuels, the Maglev America project, and the 2nd Generation Maglev technology. These chapters are all very interesting.
But the later half of the book bogs down significantly. The worst of all is James Jordan's Chapter 9: Third Round - Decision Time for America. This chapter goes on almost endlessly. Recounting trips to Washington, meetings with Senators in elaborate detail, etc. It alone nearly made me less sympathetic to the authors' cause and risked losing me. And I am deeply fascinating by the project and technology!
One of the author's goals is to generate buzz for the Maglev project.Read more ›
I want to design a Star Tram when I get older. It talked about the MagLev, Vactrain and Star Tram.
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Those who profess to be leaders, be they in the 1% or 99% class, should recognize the message and suporting data in this book as a 'FINAL CALL' for America. Read morePublished on March 16, 2012 by Mr. T
A love for American trains started in my youth in Southern Indiana, and continued to grow while riding trains in Colorado, Arizona and California. Read morePublished on March 11, 2012 by Douglas