Getting There: The Epic Struggle between Road and Rail in the American Century / Edition 2

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Overview

"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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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Goddard tells the story of how the struggle between the highwaymen and the railroaders ultimately changed the course of modern transportation systems and the U.S. economy. He describes how the automakers, engineers, contractors, and government officials dethroned the once-powerful railroad barons, pushing them from their position at the apex of the American industrial empire, and how the dawning of the global empire taught these bitter antagonists to either cooperate or perish. His account is a human story of opportunity, greed, high ideals, and raw ambition in which the automobile is painted as the ``bad guy'' and the railroad as the better system both for the public and for the economy. This engaging tale ends with a discussion of the implications of the railway-highway struggle on future transportation systems. For large public and academic libraries.-Eric C. Shoaf, Brown Univ. Lib., Providence, R.I.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226300436
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1996
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 366
  • Sales rank: 1,184,108
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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

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