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K T Berger
|Description:||xi, 414 p. ; 25 cm.|
Berger searches for answers as he interviews the nation's drivers in this offbeat, on-the-road adventure. He talks to an extraordinary range of car users - from South Dakota to Florida, from Los Angeles to New York - all with personal tales that illustrate just how deeply cars and driving are ingrained in American life. In Los Angeles, Berger finds a former street racer who tells hilarious tales of racing around the city in his custom Porsche with a Corvette engine; in Dallas, a good ol' boy police detective talks about relentlessly chasing thieves whose crimes are, by God, "crimes against the great state of Texas!"; and in New York, Berger meets the classic New York cabbie with more one-liners than Rodney Dangerfield.
What are we going to do about the transportation mess? In search of answers to this urgent question, Berger journeys to Detroit to interview automotive executives and engineers. He puts current efforts to reduce gridlock and auto pollution into focus by interviewing urban and regional planners, transportation experts in government and academia, and environmental activists, creating a panoramic and fascinating portrait of America on wheels.