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The race to the future : 8,000 miles to Paris--the adventure that accelerated the twentieth century  Cover Image Book Book

The race to the future : 8,000 miles to Paris--the adventure that accelerated the twentieth century / Kassia St. Clair.

St. Clair, Kassia, (author.).


"An Italian prince and his chauffeur, a French racing driver, a conman and various journalists battle over steep mountain ranges and across the arid vastness of the Gobi Desert. The contestants need teams of helpers to drag their primitive cars up narrow gorges, lift them over rough terrain and float them across rivers. Petrol is almost impossible to find, there are barely any roads, armed bandits and wolves lurk in the forests. Updates on their progress, sent by telegram, are eagerly devoured by millions in one of the first ever global news stories. Their destination: Paris. More than its many adventures, the Peking-to-Paris provided the impetus for profound change. The world of 1907 is poised between the old and the new: communist regimes will replace imperial ones in China and Russia; the telegraph is transforming modern communication and the car will soon displace the horse. In this book bestselling author Kassia St Clair traces the fascinating stories of two interlocking races - setting the derring-do (and sometimes cheating) of one of the world's first car races against the backdrop of a larger geopolitical and technological rush to the future, as the rivalry grows between countries and empires, building up to the cataclysmic event that changed everything - the First World War. The Race to the Future is the incredible true story of the quest against the odds that shaped the world we live in today"--Publisher's description.

Record details

  • ISBN: 1324094915
  • ISBN: 9781324094913
  • Physical Description: xxii, 359 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First American Edition.
  • Publisher: New York, New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton & Company, 2024.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subject: Peking to Paris Motor Challenge (1907 : Beijing, China; Paris, France)
Automobile racing > History > 20th century.
History, Modern > 20th century.

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  • 1 of 2 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at North Kansas City.


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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
North Kansas City Public Library 796.7209 STCLAIR 2024 (Text) 0001012549663 Nonfiction New Available -

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