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Posted June 7, 2007
A Field Guide to Roadside Technology is the perfect book for the nerd. Haven't all Phoenician's wondered what those circular brass metal markers glittering like golden pucks embedded into our brownie-soft summer hell-black asphalt were? 'Geodetic Control Stations.' Or how to tell a bascule bridge from a cantilever one? Or what all those peculiar looking gizmos mounted above, below and around the poles at every intersection accomplish? Although Ed Sobey's biography is more exciting than his book, A Field Guide is packed full of need-to-know information on over one hundred arcane roadway and near-roadway artifacts. Each page features a slightly grainy black & white photo of the technology in question followed by text broke down into categories of: Behavior, Habitat, How it Works, and Interesting Facts. The author excels in explaining how things work in such a clear and concise way that even the dimwit Al Gore could understand them. (Liberal readers feel free to insert Dan Quayle in place of Al Gore.) A Field Guide to Roadside Technology, about the size of a CD wallet and sporting non-snagging rounded corners, is an excellent resource to keep on the front seat (not in the glove compartment) of the family car for those times when we are certain to be stuck in traffic.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.