Interstate 69: The Unfinished History of the Last Great American Highway


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.

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Interstate 69: The Unfinished History of the Last Great American Highway

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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.

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Publishers Weekly
The genesis and subsequent history of the controversial I-69 highway, still underway after 20 years and still being debated, makes for colorful, quirky reading. Already running through Michigan and parts of Indiana, I-69 may continue on through Indianapolis, Memphis, Shreveport, and a few Texas bergs. If completed, it will stretch from Canada to Mexico. Detractors of the undertaking, projected to cost over $30 billion, describe it as a "NAFTA highway," an attempt to diminish U.S. economic primacy in favor of overall North American commerce. "Promoters speak as if their highway would be the mythical rainbow. Spanning the countryside, it would spin off glittering paths to fill pots of gold in every town and hamlet." Dellinger examines the many non-governmental options currently on the table, some involving the controversial practice of allowing foreign companies to lease roads long-term and charge escalating tolls. On the other side of the blacktop, anarchists have riled older, more conservative opponents of the interstate with disruptive and damaging acts. This well-researched book brings an engaging group of idealists, politicians, and observers to the middle of one of America's most famous stretches of road.
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"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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400147922
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/31/2010
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Library - Unabridged CD
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 6.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Matt Dellinger
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 a multiple Audie Award nominee with over eighty audiobooks to his credit. He has also earned multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards, including for his narration of Francisco Goldman's novel Say Her Name.
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