Synopses & Reviews
contributor and decade-long staffer Matt Dellinger uses the controversy surrounding Interstate 69 as a lens through which to examine middle America's current political, social, and economic landscape, including hot-button issues like NAFTA and the country's troubled infrastructure. If completed, I-69 will stretch from Canada to Mexico through Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas. In the works for more than twenty years, the highway has been both eagerly anticipated as an economic godsend and the center of a firestorm of protests by local environmentalists, farmers, ranchers, anarchists, and others who question both the wisdom of building more highways and the merits of globalization.
Part history, part travelogue, Interstate 69 chronicles the last great highway project in America, introducing the people who have worked tirelessly to build it or stop it from being built, and the many places it would change forever.
"A rollicking dispatch from the heartland as great plans are laid for a mega-highway just at the moment when America runs out of gas." ---James Howard Kunstler, author of The Geography of Nowhere
"Interstate 69 is not just about highways. It's about Americans deciding on their future." ---Lawrence Wright, author of the Pulitzer Prize winner The Looming Tower
Journalist Matt Dellinger uses the controversy surrounding the building of Interstate 69 as a lens through which to examine middle America's current political, social, and economic landscape.
About the Author
Matt Dellinger is a writer-journalist, photographer, and multimedia producer. He produced and hosted The New Yorker Out Loud, the magazine's first weekly podcast. Before that, he served on the staff of the New Yorker for ten years as an illustrations editor, multimedia producer, and manager of editorial projects. In addition to the New Yorker, Matt's writing has appeared in the Atlantic, the Oxford American, the Smithsonian, the Wall Street Journal magazine, and the New York Times. A graduate of DePauw University, he lives in Brooklyn, New York. Winner of the prestigious Audie Award for his recording of Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic by Gordon S. Wood, veteran actor Robert Fass is equally at home in a wide variety of styles, genres, characters, and dialects. A four-time Audie Award nominee with over sixty audiobooks to his credit, Robert has also earned multiple Earphones Awards, including for his narration of Francisco Goldman's novel Say Her Name, which was named one of the Best Audiobooks of 2011 by AudioFile magazine. Robert has given voice to modern and classic fiction writers alike, including Ray Bradbury, Joyce Carol Oates, Isaac Asimov, Jeffrey Deaver, and John Steinbeck, plus nonfiction works in history, health, journalism, and business.