The Great Society Subway: A History of the Washington Metro

The Great Society Subway: A History of the Washington Metro

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by Zachary M. Schrag
     
 

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In the first comprehensive history of the Metro, Zachary M. Schrag tells the story of the Great Society Subway from its earliest rumblings to the present day, from Arlington to College Park, Eisenhower to Marion Barry.

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In the first comprehensive history of the Metro, Zachary M. Schrag tells the story of the Great Society Subway from its earliest rumblings to the present day, from Arlington to College Park, Eisenhower to Marion Barry.

Editorial Reviews

American Historical Review
Extensively researched, cleverly structured, and finely written, this book stands out for the way it provides an integral, comprehensive account of a key urban service.

— Georg Leidenberger

Journal of Social History
In clear and engaging prose, Schrag interweaves facts with a wide range of pragmatic, political, and aesthetic matters with discussions of those who posed and resolved the issues.

— Pamela Scott

Journal of Transport History
A remarkable book. It has drama, it has pathos, it has passion, it has literary grace.

— Bob Post

Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians
In clear and engaging prose, Schrag interweaves facts with a wide range of pragmatic, political, and aesthetic matters with discussions of those who posed and resolved the issues.

— Pamela Scott

Journal of Planning Literature
Without question high drama... I strongly recommend that you put down the latest Baldacci mystery and ready this very well written, comprehensive, and entertaining book... one terrific book that belongs on lots of shelves, from planners to historians to rail buffs to politicians.

— Konrad J. Perlman

Washington Post Book World
The author makes us privy to the thinking that went into the system's design.

— Dennis Drabelle

Technology and Culture

In this superbly-written book, Zachary Schrag,... explains how this achievement came about and what its impact is.

Washington Times
Schrag does a thorough job with his subject.

— Rachel DiCarlo

Urban Land
A meticulously researched account.

— Phil Hervey

Hartford Courant
A welcome and readable addition to the literature of how we construct the societies we inhabit.

— Alex Marshall

Regional Plan Association Spotlight
An excellent book... a welcome and readable addition to the literature of how we construct the societies we inhabit.

— Alex Marshall

Journal of American History
An exhaustively researched, engagingly written study of the planning, designing, building, and operating of the Washington Metro.

— Sy Adler

Journal of the American Planning Association
Beginning with the history of Washington, DC, and the influences that shaped it, Schrag presents one of the clearest explanations I have ever read on these complex processes... a love story by an historian for his city and its people.

— William W. Millar

Railfan & Railroad
The Great Society Subway is a great book for students of contemporary transit history.

— Alexander D. Mitchell

CRM: Journal of Heritage Stewardship
Schrag has written a valuable study of the role of infrastructure in shaping the modern, urban world, and he aptly shows both the possibiities and limitations of major public investments... insights especially illuminating.

— J. Lawrence Lee

American Historical Review - Georg Leidenberger
Extensively researched, cleverly structured, and finely written, this book stands out for the way it provides an integral, comprehensive account of a key urban service.

Washington Post Book World - Dennis Drabelle
The author makes us privy to the thinking that went into the system's design.

Washington Times - Rachel DiCarlo
Schrag does a thorough job with his subject.

Railfan and Railroad - Alexander D. Mitchell
The Great Society Subway is a great book for students of contemporary transit history.

Regional Plan Association Spotlight - Alex Marshall
A welcome and readable addition to the literature of how we construct the societies we inhabit.

Journal of American History - Sy Adler
An exhaustively researched, engagingly written study of the planning, designing, building, and operating of the Washington Metro.

Journal of the American Planning Association - William W. Millar
[Schrag] shows the interrelationship of citizens' hopes and fears, visionaries' ideas, politicians' need to succeed, engineers' practical requirements, and the ebb and flow of affecting events over time. It is a fascinating story well told... a love story by an historian for his city and its people.

Trains
It's a fascinating look at a modern transit triumph.

Civil Engineering
A timely look at how the Metro got where it is today.

H-DC
A graceful, fact-packed history of the genesis, development, and current state of the Washington Metro system.

Washington History
A masterful new book... Schrag's The Great Society Subway gives an eloquent and hopeful explanation of how this marvelous system came to be, and backs it up with an enormous amount of evidence and keen historical perspective.

Technology and Culture - Gregory L. Thompson
In this superbly-written book, Zachary Schrag... explains how this achievement came about and what its impact is... A joy to read.

Urban Land - Phil Hervey
A meticulously researched account.

CRM: Journal of Heritage Stewardship - J. Lawrence Lee
Schrag has written a valuable study of the role of infrastructure in shaping the modern, urban world, and he aptly shows both the possibiities and limitations of major public investments... insights especially illuminating.

Journal of Planning Literature - Konrad J. Perlman
Without question high drama... I strongly recommend that you put down the latest Baldacci mystery and ready this very well written, comprehensive, and entertaining book... one terrific book that belongs on lots of shelves, from planners to historians to rail buffs to politicians.

Journal of Transport History - Bob Post
A remarkable book. It has drama, it has pathos, it has passion, it has literary grace.

Journal of Social History - Pamela Scott
In clear and engaging prose, Schrag interweaves facts with a wide range of pragmatic, political, and aesthetic matters with discussions of those who posed and resolved the issues.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801882463
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
03/01/2006
Series:
Creating the North American Landscape Series
Edition description:
20
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.16(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Carl Abbott
A masterful work of urban policy history, The Great Society Subway tells the inside story, from idea to reality, of the development of the Washington Metro from the perspectives of all the key players. There's nothing like it available.

Meet the Author

Zachary M. Schrag is a professor of history at George Mason University.

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