The Big Roads

The Big Roads

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a€œTravelers hitting the highways this summer might better appreciate the asphalt beneath their tires thanks to this engrossing history of the creation of the U.S. interstate system.a€a€”Los Angeles Times Perhaps nothing changed the face of America more than the creation of the interstate system. At once man-made wonders, economic pipelines, agents of sprawl, and uniquely American sirens of escape, the interstates snake into every aspect of modern life. The Big Roads documents their historic creation and the many people theya€™ve affected, from the speed demon who inspired a primitive web of dirt auto trails, to the cadre of largely forgotten technocrats who planned the system years before Ike reached the White House, to the thousands of city dwellers who resisted the concrete juggernaut when it bore down on their neighborhoods. The Big Roads tells the story of this essential feature of the landscape we have come to take for granted. With a view toward players both great and small, Swift gives readers the full story of one of Americaa€™s greatest engineering achievements. a€œEngaging, informative . . . The first thorough history of the expressway system.a€a€”Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post a€œThe book is a road geeka€™s treasurea€”and everyone who travels the highways ought to know these stories.a€a€”Kirkus ReviewsThe Untold Story of the Engineers, Visionaries, and Trailblazers Who Created the American Superhighw Earl Swift ... You could make a flipbook of those maps, see in the whir of pages the steady fusion of the weba#39;s strandsa€”could watch Interstate 10 crawl ... They borrowed, here and there, from the Radburn design manual.

Title:The Big Roads
Author: Earl Swift
Publisher:Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - 2011-06-09

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