The Big Roads The Untold Story Of The Engineers Visionaries And Trailblazers Who Created The American Superhighways

Author: Earl Swift
Publisher: Mariner Books
ISBN: 0547907249
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“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.”—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 they’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 America’s greatest engineering achievements.

“Engaging, informative . . . The first thorough history of the expressway system.”—Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post

“The book is a road geek’s treasure—and everyone who travels the highways ought to know these stories.”—Kirkus Reviews

The Big Roads

Author: Earl Swift
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 054754913X
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The Big Roads tells the story of this essential feature of the landscape we have come to take for granted.

Asphalt And Politics

Author: Thomas L. Karnes
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786454679
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The Road Taken

Author: Henry Petroski
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 1632863618
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Acclaimed engineer and historian Henry Petroski explores our core infrastructure from both historical and contemporary perspectives, explaining how essential their maintenance is to America's economic health.

The Eisenhower Interstate System

Author: John Murphy
Publisher: Chelsea House
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Examines the Interstate Highway Act of 1956 which resulted in the construction of more than forty thousand miles of interconnected highways across all states, discussing the history of road construction in the United states and some of the ...

The American Highway

Author: William Kaszynski
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 9780786408221
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Minnesota-based writer and photographer Kazynski traces the transformation of the US from a network of places connected by rutted wagon trails to a maze of highways connected to other highways.

The Roads That Built America

Author: Dan McNichol
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
ISBN: 9781402734687
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Written by bestselling author Dan McNichol, The Roads that Built America is the fascinating story of the largest engineering project the world has ever known.

The Globalization Of American Infrastructure

Author: Matthew Heins
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 131728237X
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41–44; Earl Swift, The Big Roads: The Untold Story of the Engineers, Visionaries,
and Trailblazers Who Created the American Superhighways (Boston: Houghton
Mifflin Harcourt, 2011), pp. 127–132. McNichol, The Roads That Built America, ...

The Road Taken

Author: Henry Petroski
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 1632863618
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The History and Future of America's Infrastructure Henry Petroski ... The Big
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Divided Highways

Author: Tom Lewis
Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 0801467837
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In this updated edition of Divided Highways, Lewis brings his story of the Interstate system up to date, concluding with Boston's troubled and yet triumphant Big Dig project, the growing antipathy for big federal infrastructure projects, ...

Read On History

Author: Tina Frolund
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1610694325
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