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John E. Morris (2020)

The Curiosities, Secrets, and Unofficial History of the New York City Transit System

This dynamic visual history of the world’s largest transit system — in all its intriguing, colorful, and even seedy glory — is packed with fascinating facts and hundreds of compelling photographs

When the first New York subway line opened in 1904, it was the most advanced in the world and a source of enormous civic pride. Today, it is an essential function to the lives of New Yorkers and a perennial cultural touchstone. To be a New Yorker is to take the train. To celebrate it, or grumble about it.

“Subway: The Curiosities, Secrets, and Unofficial History of the New York City Transit System” by John E. Morris (ERA #6428) is both a vivid history of this great transportation system and an exploration of its impact on the city and popular culture.

The book covers every remarkable moment, from the technical obstacles and corruption that impeded plans for an underground rail line in the 1800s, to the current state of the system and plans for the future; profiles of the colorful, forgotten characters who built and restored the subway; graphics and imagery showing the evolution of subway cars and the way fares are collected; how subway etiquette rules have evolved with society; great subway chase scenes and songs about the subway; a look at abandoned stations and half-built tunnels; and more.

In this visually stunning work, packed with original research, journalist and bestselling author John Morris brings life to this one-time engineering marvel that has united and expanded the city for the last 116 years.

About the Author

John E. Morris has been fascinated by trains and transit systems since childhood, and has indulged this passion while pursuing careers as a lawyer, later as a journalist. He has worked as an editor and reporter at the American Lawyer magazine, The Deal, Dow Jones, and Bloomberg News, and he’s the coauthor with David Carey of “King of Capital: The Remarkable Rise, Fall, and Rise Again of Steve Schwarzman and Blackstone,” a history of the Blackstone Group and the private equity industry. He holds an undergraduate degree in philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley, and a JD from Harvard Law School. He lives in New York.

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