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

User Review  - Mickael Broth - Goodreads

Pretty fascinating look into something used by almost every single American on a daily basis but taken completely for granted at this point. Somehow the author managed to make fairly boring parts of history into a really enjoyable and lively read.. quite a feat indeed! Read full review

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

User Review  - Phil - Goodreads

If you are into bridges, roads, tunnels, transportation, engineering and/or politics mixed with a bit of history, this book is for you. Very interesting. It is however very wordy. Informative but dry. Read full review

Contents

The Chief
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Mastering Nature
25
The Dream way
47
Copyright

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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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