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

Getting There: The Epic Struggle between Road and Rail in the American Century
Author: Stephen B. Goddard
ISBN 13: 9780226300436
ISBN 10: 226300439
Edition: 1
Publisher: University Of Chicago Press
Publication Date: 1996-11-15
Format: Paperback
Pages: 366
List Price: $23.00

"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

Library Journal

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 automakers, engineers, contractors, and government officials dethroned the once-powerful railroad barons, pushing them from their position at the apex of the American industrial empire, and how the dawning of the global empire taught these bitter antagonists to either cooperate or perish. His account is a human story of opportunity, greed, high ideals, and raw ambition in which the automobile is painted as the ``bad guy'' and the railroad as the better system both for the public and for the economy. This engaging tale ends with a discussion of the implications of the railway-highway struggle on future transportation systems. For large public and academic libraries.-Eric C. Shoaf, Brown Univ. Lib., Providence, R.I.