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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun but the author and his editor need to learn some historical trivia, February 5, 2014
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This review is from: Train: Riding the Rails That Created the Modern World-from the Trans-Siberian to the Southwest Chief (Kindle Edition)
As I said, this is a fun, interesting book. However, I value accuracy in the details and two of many errors include:

Truman Capote didn't travel to Kansas to research the Clutter family murders in 1954 unless he was clairvoyant.. The murders occurred in 1959.

Eisenhower didn't observe the German Autobahn following the First World War. They were built under the Nazis in the 1930's which I believe as somewhat long after the First World War.

I really don't mean to be critical, but these are easily verified facts.
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Initial post: Mar 26, 2014 6:37:30 AM PDT
Michael says:
Commenter needs to get on the same page as the facts he says he likes. Eisenhower fought in WWII, not WWI.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 26, 2014 7:11:03 AM PDT
He actually fought in both. Thought in the Second he was of far higher rank.

Posted on May 6, 2014 7:56:54 AM PDT
James Denny says:
A great read. Each chapter and train journey stands by itself as a fun and interesting ride, full of interesting details and observations. But you're right: some facts as presented by Mr. Zoellner are not correct and while an error may seem trivial, it's not. Those incorrect "facts" hurt the larger narrative.
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