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The Big Roads: The Untold Story of the Engineers, Visionaries, and Trailblazers Who Created the American Superhighways
 
 
Author
Earl Swift.
Publisher Mariner  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8 x 5.25 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780547907246
Pages/Publication Date 375/2012
Daedalus Item Code 31459
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Perhaps nothing changed the face of America more than President Eisenhower's interstate highway system; at once man-made wonders, economic pipelines, agents of sprawl, and uniquely American promises of escape, the interstates snake into every aspect of modern life. This book documents their historic creation and such people as the speed demon who inspired a primitive web of dirt auto trails, the cadre of largely forgotten technocrats who planned the system long before Ike reached the White House, and the thousands of city dwellers who resisted the concrete juggernaut when it bore down on their neighborhoods.

"Travelers 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."LATimes

 
 
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