We live in an information age. Information is cheap. It’s easy and almost always at the tip of our fingers.
With the rise of smartphone technology, there is no more stopping at a gas station to ask for directions or turning the “yellow pages” to find businesses. Ever since the invention of the headline in a news story, Americans have craved the quick and simple truth.
Authors Emy Louie and Nancy Bolts understand this craving for information. That’s why their book, Fast Trains: America’s High Speed Future, is rife with valuable facts about the environmental, economic and lifestyle benefits of high-speed rail.
But why write a book full of information about high-speed rail when this kind of information is almost essentially free?
The answer is that Fast Trains doesn’t stop at the information. It makes an emotional connection with the public through stories about high-speed rail travel. Emy and Nancy understand Americans’ dependency on quick facts, but they also acknowledge the power of a book.
There is something about a book that keeps us grounded and gives us perspective. It allows us to absorb the motives, experience the hope and get lost in the passion of the authors. Readers spend plenty of time alone with books. This allows concepts to truly sink in and serves as an invaluable tool to influence behaviors and emotions.
Authors Emy and Nancy hope to create a message that resonates with the average person. What better way is there to communicate on a deep level with a mass audience than to write a book?
Fast Trains in particular takes the reader on a journey from cover to cover, making points and tying together themes along the way. The authors list the benefits of high-speed rail, but they also interconnect them and compellingly display them as exciting and achievable possibilities through entertaining narratives about HSR in other countries. Yes, HSR will help the economy, but the authors hope to convey how all of the benefits improve the quality of life for our future.
“People will learn about benefits,” said Emy, “however you have to explain them in such a way that makes them remember, and that is through stories.”
Many blogs, websites and books have been written about the benefits of HSR, but Fast Trains is the only book since post 9/11 travels that also incorporates classic archetypal stories about high-speed rail and other forms of transportation.
Searching for facts about the benefits of high-speed rail is certainly not the same as reading Emy and Nancy’s book. Some HSR material and books have the tendency is to put in too much technical information that loses the general public. Even someone who feels he knows all there is to know about the topic will benefit from reading Fast Trains from an emotional standpoint.
“It’s like watching a movie,” said author Emy Louie, “We have created an emotional set of stories that stick and connect with the American public.”
The authors write with contagious passion and hope for an HSR system that cannot be matched by a list of facts. Fast Trains will inform, yes, but most importantly it will instill a desire for HSR throughout the United States.
Don’t settle for the search engine. Experience the heart behind it all. Be open to the possibilities. Live vicariously through the lives of the people who already enjoy HSR.
Fast Trains: America’s High Speed Future is not a book for those who just want to learn about high-speed rail. It is for those who need to experience it.