Getting There: The Epic Struggle Between Road and Rail in the American Century

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University of Chicago Press, Nov 15, 1996 - History - 351 pages
"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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A lively, sometimes polemical, but often persuasive look at the rise and decline of the once-mighty railroads and the ills of America's exclusive reliance on the ``highway-motor complex.'' The car and ... Read full review

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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 ... Read full review

Contents

THE FIRST BIG BUSINESS
4
THE RUNAWAY IRON HORSE
20
THE GOOD ROADS CRUSADE
41
THE ELECTRIC SHOOTING STAR
63
MOTORING FOR PROFIT THE BIRTH OF TRUCKING
82
THE TROJAN HORSELESS CARRIAGE
100
DERAILING THE TROLLEYS
118
APPLYING THE BRAKES
136
THE UNSHACKLING
224
SAME GAME NEW RULES
233
TAKING STOCK
244
TECHNOLOGY TO THE RESCUE?
255
SINKING OR SWIMMING IN A GLOBAL ECONOMY
269
NOTES
281
BIBLIOGRAPHY
312
INTERVIEWS
330

HARD TIMES
149
A WAR ABROAD A CONFLICT AT HOME
162
INTERSTATE SOCIALISM
177
A NEW AMERICA
193
TROUBLE IN PARADISE
205
LEGAL CASES
332
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
333
INDEX
337
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