A great man or woman once said, "The shortest distance between two points is a line." This had to be the intial thought process behind the building of the Pan-American Highway, right? It being the longest road covering the Americas and all. Well, in the book The Longest Line on the Map, author Eric Rutkow gives us the complete history on this fascinating road. So, next time you are trying to drive from north Alaska to southern Chile, you'll know who to thank. West Lafayette Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.