Route 66: The Mother Road

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The definitive book on the most famous road in American history. Wallis chronicles the road from its beginning to its demise, describing 80 years of social history.

Route 66 was the road of dreamers and ramblers, drifters and writers, the road of John Steinbeck, Woody Guthrie, and Jack Kerouac. After 17 years of research, Wallis presents the definitive chronicle of Route 66, from its founding to its interstate-induced demise to its ...

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The definitive book on the most famous road in American history. Wallis chronicles the road from its beginning to its demise, describing 80 years of social history.

Route 66 was the road of dreamers and ramblers, drifters and writers, the road of John Steinbeck, Woody Guthrie, and Jack Kerouac. After 17 years of research, Wallis presents the definitive chronicle of Route 66, from its founding to its interstate-induced demise to its current revival.

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Route 66 was the road of dreamers and ramblers, drifters and writers, the road of John Steinbeck, Woody Guthrie, and Jack Kerouac. After 17 years of research, Wallis presents the definitive chronicle of Route 66, from its founding to its interstate-induced demise to its current revival.
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Wallis (Oilman) has spent some 17 years researching and writing this nostalgic revisiting of a road that more than any other kindled the wanderlust after WWII. It was a route that symbolized long- distance auto travel. Here are some 220 period and contemporary photos (190 in fair to fine color). His text covers the history of the road, the hustlers, the builders, the small businessmen that depended upon 66 to bring the customers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"Like others before him, from John Steinbeck to Charles Kuralt, Michael Wallis went on the road in search of America. The result is...a colorful paean to a most romantic byway." —The New York

Times

"Since the do-gooders abolished public hangings, the only show in town worth watching is the traffic on Highway 66 heading West, and Route 66: The Mother Road is the best book we have to tell us what we are seeing." —Stanley Marsh III, owner of the Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo,

Texas

"This story of our nation's most famous highway keeps alive an important part of American history. It's a delight!" —Will Rogers, Jr.

"Route 66 changed the course of my whole life. I will treasure my trip forever, and this book recaptures very vividly every memory." —Bobby Troup, songwriter of "(Get Your Kicks on)

Route 66"

"Any of you who love nostalgia will love Route 66: The Mother Road as much as I do." —Tony

Hillerman

"A love letter to the road...{Wallis} wraps the history of the route around pictures of it and lets the people who have traveled and lived along the Mother Road tell their stories." —Kelli Pryor,

Entertainment Weekly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312281670
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 6/23/2001
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 75
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 10.72 (w) x 8.78 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Wallis

Michael Wallis is an award-winning historian of the Old West and author of Route 66: The Mother Road.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2007

    A wonderful, insightful, and amazingly introspective resource to The Mother Road.

    It is patently obvious that author Michael Wallace has done his research. Even if you are not a Route 66 buff you will enjoy the history, perspective, and personal insight so abundant in 'The Mother Road'. Although Wallace hits the high points on a few of the more notable roadside attractions, most of his text is focused on the history of the road and how it relates to a specific area. It really is a wonderful read. The addition of the 'Faces of Route 66' featurettes only serves to make the stories all the more personal. Highly Recommended!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2004

    Best of the bunch

    This book is my favorite of all the Route 66 books. It goes state by state. It is easy to follow. It interviews some of the more famous characters on the road. Some of these road warriors have died since the original publication. If you only buy one 66 book, this is the best. Pictures of some of the places are still exactly the same many years later.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2001

    THE BIBLE OF THE MOTHER ROAD!

    If you can only read one book about Route 66, then this is the one. I have cherished this book since it first appeared many years ago and now I am enjoying the brand new updated edition. This is the definitive book about the nation's definitive highway.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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