Divided Highways: Building the Interstate Highways, Transforming American Life

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Viking, 1997 - Technology & Engineering - 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."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Similar to his Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio (not reviewed), Lewis (English/Skidmore Coll.) has written a tie-in to a PBS documentary (set to air in October) that traces a ubiquitous ... Read full review


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About the author (1997)

Tom Lewis is a professor of English at Skidmore College and an active documentary filmmaker. He has worked with Ken Burns on three films, including Empire of the Air, which was based on his last book. He lives in Saratoga Springs, New York.

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