Getting There The Epic Struggle Between Road and Rail in the American Century
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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 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
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Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 11/15/1996
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
|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|
|A War Abroad, a Conflict at Home|
|A New America|
|Trouble in Paradise|
|Same Game, New Rules|
|Technology to the Rescue?|
|Sinking or Swimming in a Global Economy|
|Interviews Legal Cases|