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Getting There: The Epic Struggle Between Road and Rail in the American Century

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"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."and#8212;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."and#8212;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."and#8212;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."and#8212;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."and#8212;Jim Dwyer, New York Newsday

Book News Annotation:

Get it now if you missed the original printing of Goddard's quick history of rail's rise, fall from public favor, the in-creeping of the "highwaymen" (author's term), their conspiracy with government, destruction of the trolleys, our current dependence upon road, and the necessity that rail travel rescue the U.S. from its thralldom (if the "best congress money can buy" will act in the public interest).
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

"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

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [314]-331 and index.

Table of Contents

Preface

Prologue: 1917

1: The First Big Business

2: The Runaway Iron Horse

3: The Good Roads Crusade

4: The Electric Shooting Star

5: Motoring for Profit: The Birth of Trucking

6: The Trojan Horseless Carriage

7: Derailing the Trolleys

8: Applying the Brakes

9: Hard Times

10: A War Abroad, a Conflict at Home

11: Interstate Socialism

12: A New America

13: Trouble in Paradise

14: The Unshackling

15: Same Game, New Rules

16: Taking Stock

17: Technology to the Rescue?

18: Sinking or Swimming in a Global Economy

Notes

Bibliography

Interviews

Legal Cases

Acknowledgments

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226300436
Author:
Goddard, Stephen B.
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Roads
Subject:
Automobiles
Subject:
History
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Technology
Subject:
Railroads
Subject:
Transportation, automotive
Subject:
Railroads -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Subject:
General Transportation
Subject:
Transportation, Automotive -- United States.
Subject:
Automobiles -- Social aspects.
Subject:
Transportation - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1
Series Volume:
v. 21, no. 4
Publication Date:
19961131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
15 halftones
Pages:
366
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6 in

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"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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