At the age of 52, with a shoestring budget, a backpack, and an open mind, Peter Millar set about rediscovering the U.S. by following the ravaged and reduced railroad network. He traversed the continent, talking to people, taking in their stories and their concerns, shaking stereotypes, and challenging preconceptions, while watching the vast American landscape unfold in slow motion. In the tradition of Bill Bryson and Paul Theroux, this inland empire' offers a wry, witty, and intelligent look at America. Peter Millar is a journalist who was named Foreign Correspondent of the Year for his coverage of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. He is the author of two novels, three translations from the German, and one book of oral history.