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Highways to heaven : the auto biography of America

Author: Christopher Finch
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperCollins Publishers, ©1992.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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From the early days of the horseless carriage to tomorrow's dream cars, the history of the automobile has been inextricably intertwined with the culture of twentieth-century America. The automobile altered everything, from the way crimes were committed to the way courtships were conducted, and the car itself came to embody power and independence, becoming the ultimate erotic accessory--a sexual object of sometimes  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Finch, Christopher.
Highways to heaven.
New York, NY : HarperCollins Publishers, ©1992
(OCoLC)645816147
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher Finch
ISBN: 0060165510 9780060165512
OCLC Number: 23218985
Description: 416 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: pt. 1. Highways to heaven --
Red cards and redoubtable buggies --
Self-starters --
Arterial auguries --
American algorithms --
Automoville I --
From Duesenbergs to the dust bowl --
pt. 2. Boomtime --
Pike dreams --
Feats of clay --
Freeways and franchisers --
Automoville II --
Minis and muscle cars --
pt. 3. Crisis --
Invasions of privacy --
Introversions --
Retrenchment --
Automoville III --
Admonitions and alternatives --
Multinational matters.
Responsibility: Christopher Finch.

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From the early days of the horseless carriage to tomorrow's dream cars, the history of the automobile has been inextricably intertwined with the culture of twentieth-century America. The automobile altered everything, from the way crimes were committed to the way courtships were conducted, and the car itself came to embody power and independence, becoming the ultimate erotic accessory--a sexual object of sometimes ambiguous gender. In Highways to Heaven, Christopher Finch chronicles the dramatic rise of the automobile and describes how it transformed the American landscape and the American psyche. He evokes the ambitious men who created a giant industry and shows how that industry, and our passion for the automobile, shaped the world we live in today--the world of freeways and exurbs, of shopping malls and fast-food franchises--even determining the character of whole cities like Los Angeles.

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