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Under Ground - Subways and Metros of the World

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Under Ground - Subways and Metros of the World

Catherine Zerdoun

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A visual tour of an amazing world beneath our streets. These days, a subway is an integral part of a city’s heritage and a key feature of the urban landscape used by passengers. But subways are also full of history and art. They reflect a city’s personality and its past and future, and are worthy of exploration, even for those not boarding a train. It’s safe to say that a great many subways have overcome a reputation for unpleasant shadiness. Under Ground is a tour of the most fascinating subways viewed through the filters of urban planning, ethnology, art, and history. More than 100 subway stations and train cars are described in informative text and stunning colour photographs. The book opens with a chapter on the origins of the subway, the story as told by four subways in particular. London’s Underground was the world’s first subway. The Paris Metro was a product of the Industrial Revolution and the first modern subway. New York City’s subway is the largest and busiest subway in America. Buenos Aires pioneered South American subway systems. Today, however, the designs and technology of these trailblazing subways have been far surpassed. Under Ground organizes its world tour by continent, starting in North America (New York, Rochester, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Toronto), crossing the ocean to Europe (London, Paris, Brussels, Barcelona, Lisbon, Naples, Valencia, Berlin, Munich, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Warsaw), traveling into Eastern Europe (Ukraine, Bulgaria, Hungary, Czech Republic, Russia, and Republic of Tatarstan, home to some of the world’s most exciting modern subways), further to Asia (Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Istanbul), making a stop in Dubai, and ending in the Far East (Japan, Shanghai, Taiwan, North Korea). ‘Under Ground’ is a unique trip to the underground. Readers don’t need a token or a monthly pass, only a comfortable seat – perhaps on the subway – to enjoy the engaging text and gorgeous photographs. This is an excellent selection especially for urban retailers and libraries. Full colour and b/w photos and maps throughout

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