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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: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"A history of the planning, construction, and impact of the U.S. interstate highway system."--
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Earl Swift
ISBN: 9780618812417 0618812415 9780547907246 0547907249
OCLC Number: 651911390
Description: 375 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Out of the mud --
Connecting the dots --
The crooked straight, the rough places plain --
The human obstacle.
Responsibility: Earl Swift.

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"A history of the planning, construction, and impact of the U.S. interstate highway system."--

A man-made wonder, a connective network, an economic force, a bringer of blight and sprawl and the possibility of escape--the U.S. interstate system transformed America. The Big Roads presents the surprising history of how we got from dirt tracks to expressways in the span of a single lifetime. From the turn-of-the-century car-racing entrepreneur who spurred the "Good Roads" movement, to the handful of driven engineers who conceived of the interstates and how they would work--years before President Eisenhower knew the plans existed--to the protests that erupted when the projects encountered people unwilling to be uprooted in the name of progress, Swift follows a winding route through the dreams, discoveries and protest that shaped these mighty roads, and shows how the interstates embody the wanderlust, grand scale, and conflicting notions of citizenship and progress that define America.--From publisher description.

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