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Getting There The Epic Struggle Between Road and Rail in the American Century

ISBN-10: 0226300439
ISBN-13: 9780226300436
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Description: "A readable and concise overview of how U.S. transportation came to its present pass. . . . Goddard is at his best when recounting the complex and interesting history of what has come to be called 'the highway lobby.'. . . An excellent book for the  More...

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Book details

List price: $26.00
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 11/15/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 366
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

"A readable and concise overview of how U.S. transportation came to its present pass. . . . Goddard is at his best when recounting the complex and interesting history of what has come to be called 'the highway lobby.'. . . An excellent book for the general reader with an interest in getting around."—Larry Fish,Philadelphia Inquirer"This is a riveting story: of mighty railroads hamstrung almost overnight by government bureaucrats; of road interests led by General Motors Corp. conspiring in city after city to destroy efficient trolley systems . . . and of freeways that are far from free."—Bill Laitner,Detroit Free Press"The combination of forces and fates that turned America into a giant parking lot from sea to shining sea is the subject of Stephen B. Goddard's lively pop history. . . . As Mr. Goddard ably points out, road-building and the creation of car-dependent suburbs have become ends in themselves."—James Howard Kunstler,Wall Street Journal"The strength of Goddard's book is that he understands the complexities of manipulating public opinion to influence legislatures."—David Young,Chicago Tribune"[Goddard's] book is a deft and easily read history of how transportation has shaped the nation and its economy, and ultimately, how a federation of truck and car interests drastically tilted national policies. . . . For many reasons this is an exceptionally important work."—Jim Dwyer,New York Newsday

Preface Prologue: 1917
The First Big Business
The Runaway Iron Horse
The Good Roads Crusade
The Electric Shooting Star
Motoring for Profit: The Birth of Trucking
The Trojan Horseless Carriage
Derailing the Trolleys
Applying the Brakes
Hard Times
A War Abroad, a Conflict at Home
Interstate Socialism
A New America
Trouble in Paradise
The Unshackling
Same Game, New Rules
Taking Stock
Technology to the Rescue?
Sinking or Swimming in a Global Economy
Notes
Bibliography
Interviews Legal Cases
Acknowledgments
Index

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