To the Edge of
the World:
The Story of the Trans-Siberian
Express, the World’s Greatest Railroad

By Christian Wolmar
(PublicAffairs, $28)

One of the greatest engineering feats in the world is the 5,771-mile Trans-Siberian railway, which spans the length of Russia from Moscow to the port of Vladivostok on the Sea of Japan coast, seven time zones away. Railroad journalist Christian Wolmar breathes new life into the railway’s illustrious history, recounting its strategic role in numerous wars, as it helped “create today’s geopolitical system … a heavy burden for a humble iron road.” Hardships were many by the time the Trans-Siberian was completed in 1916, but today the longest railway in the world remains a vital lifeline for moving freight and adventuresome passengers across the heart of Russia.

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