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
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"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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GETTING THERE: The Epic Struggle Between Road and Rail in the American Century

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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

1917
1
THE FIRST BIG BUSINESS
6
THE RUNAWAY IRON HORSE
22
THE GOOD ROADS CRUSADE
43
THE ELECTRIC SHOOTING STAR
65
MOTORING FOR PROFIT THE BIRTH OF TRUCKING
84
THE TROJAN HORSELESS CARRIAGE
102
DERAILING THE TROLLEYS
120
TROUBLE IN PARADISE
207
THE UNSHACKLING
226
SAME GAME NEW RULES
235
TAKING STOCK
246
TECHNOLOGY TO THE RESCUE?
257
SINKING OR SWIMMING IN A GLOBAL ECONOMY
271
NOTES
283
BIBLIOGRAPHY
314

APPLYING THE BRAKES
138
HARD TIMES
151
A WAR ABROAD A CONFLICT AT HOME
164
INTERSTATE SOCIALISM
179
A NEW AMERICA
195
INTERVIEWS
332
LEGAL CASES
334
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
335
INDEX
339
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