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A HISTORY OF JAPANESE RAILWAYS: 1872-1999, by Eiichi Aoki, Mitsuhide Imashiro, Shinichi Kato and Yasuo Wakuda. Tokyo: East Japan Railway Culture Foundation, 2000, 256 pp., 5,000 yen (cloth).

Few industries have a more illustrious history than that of the railroad. From its birth in the 19th century through the first half of the 20th century, the railway industry helped transform developing nations into industrial powers. Though now often overshadowed by the automobile and passenger jet, rail transport still plays a vital role at the dawn of the 21st century.

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