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The Passport: The History of Man's Most Travelled Document (original 2003; edition 2003)

by Martin Lloyd

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"The passport is a document familiar to all, used and recognized worldwide. Yet, how does a passport actually work, and what happens when it doesn't? When was the first passport issued? How can a forged passport be detected, and how did a passport link Lord Palmerston to the attempted assassination of Napoleon III? In this book, Martin Lloyd uses his in-depth experience with H.M. Immigration Service to explore the problems, humour, crime and politics which constitute the history of the passport." "The idea of the passport is not new. The Ancient Egyptians were known to have a passport system while, in Roman times, persons travelling on official business were issued with a Tractorium (a letter) in the name of the emperor. Yet contrary to the popular idea, passports were often used to prevent not facilitate travel. William the Conqueror allowed no one to enter or leave England without his permission while Henry I and Elizabeth I refused to grant passports to, respectively, the legate from the Pope and Mary, Queen of Scots. Passports have also enabled murder to take place and saved the lives of many Jews in the Second World War. However, their ultimate role appears to be that of control. When machine-readable passports provide the state with more information on the movement of citizens than at any time in history, many are beginning to ask whether the age of Big Brother has not already arrived." "The Passport offers a unique perspective on the intriguing history of this document. Martin Lloyd draws on many years of research, and includes illustrations from his own collection, to create the first book on this subject."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)
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Title:The Passport: The History of Man's Most Travelled Document
Authors:Martin Lloyd
Info:The History Press (2003), Hardcover, 288 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:Read in 2012, One Word Titles, Non-Fiction

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A natural history of the passport. Some readers find it dry, whereas I found it very interesting. Illustrated with useful photographs and interweaving history and anecdote. It's a little dated since it was published before many of the post-9/11 infelicities of cross-border travel were firmly entrenched. ( )
  OshoOsho | Mar 30, 2013 |
Interesting little book. Not highly scholarly, but seemed accurate. Learned some things that I've wanted to know. Good pictures
  jaygheiser | Jul 23, 2008 |
Lloyd follows the history and development of the passport over the years. Interesting read, but the juxtaposition of exciting adventure stories involving passports and the cold facts about the documents was too much to handle. ( )
  paghababian | Nov 11, 2007 |
A surprisingly fascinating book. At 260 pages, a treatise on the history of the passport could have been long, stodgy and dull, but Lloyd rescues his subject with some strong humanisation. There seems to be something of a tendency amongst specialist non-fiction books nowadays to humanise their stories, and I've seen some long stretches to find a character worthy of introducing ideas; however, in The Passport, every one of Lloyd's examples is illustrative and interesting. There are also some wonderfully thought provoking ideas here - for example, should there even be passports anymore? And who do they really serve?

All in all, a charming little book, just like its topic. ( )
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