Divided highways: building the interstate highways, transforming American life

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Viking, Oct 1, 1997 - History - 354 pages
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In "Divided Highways," Tom Lewis tells the monumental story of the largest engineered structure ever built: the Interstate Highway System. Here is one of the great untold tales of American enterprise, recounted entirely through the stories of the human beings who thought up, mapped out, poured, paved - and tried to stop - the Interstates. Conceived and spearheaded by Thomas "the Chief" MacDonald, the iron-willed bureaucrat from the muddy farmlands of Iowa who rose to unrivaled power, the highway system was propelled forward through the pathbreaking efforts of brilliant engineers, argued over by politicians of every ideological and moral stripe, reviled by the citizens whose lives it devastated, and lauded as the greatest public works project in U.S. history.

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Review: Divided Highways: Building the Interstate Highways, Transforming American Life

User Review  - Alex Eddy - Goodreads

A lovely, if slightly depressing , history of ground transportation in the US. It starts with Eisenhower and meanders through history from there. Lewis even touches on racial politics and the power of grassroots movements. Overall, it was a satisfying read. Read full review

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User Review  - Howard Mansfield - Goodreads

In this detailed history of the building of the Interstates, Lewis shows that he's a good storyteller with a good eye for politics and a revealing quote. Read full review

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