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The King's Best Highway: The Lost History of the Boston Post Road, the Route That Made America
 
 
Author
Eric Jaffe.
Publisher Scribner  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.25 x 1.1 inches
ISBN 9781416586142
Pages/Publication Date 322/2010
Daedalus Item Code 21336
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Founded centuries before the telephone, radio, or Internet, the Boston Post Road was once the primary conduit of America's prosperity and growth, as news, rumor, political intrigue, financial transactions, and personal missives traveled with increasing rapidity. Many famous Americans traveled the highway, and its development drew the attention of such diverse personages as Benjamin Franklin, Franklin D. Roosevelt, P.T. Barnum, J.P. Morgan, and Robert Moses. Eric Jaffe captures the progress of people and culture along the road through four centuries, from its earliest days as the king of England's "best highway" to the current era.

"The author deftly leads us along the road from New York to Boston, taking us past the infant stagecoach lines, the first fires of Revolution, Abraham Lincoln figuring out his Presidential campaign and the armies that followed once he'd won it, the brief hegemony and slow withering of the railroad, the decidedly mixed blessing of the interstate.... Jaffe sets forth a persuasive case that the old Post Road runs through us all, and his scores of lively set-pieces coalesce into the tremendous story, told at once intimately and spaciously, of the rise of American civilization."—Richard Snow

 
 
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