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The Roads That Built America: The Incredible Story of the U.S. Interstate System ePub download

by Dan McNichol

  • Author: Dan McNichol
  • ISBN: 1402734689
  • ISBN13: 978-1402734687
  • ePub: 1857 kb | FB2: 1110 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Home Improvement & Design
  • Publisher: Sterling (March 1, 2006)
  • Pages: 224
  • Rating: 4.5/5
  • Votes: 223
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The Roads That Built America: The Incredible Story of the U.S. Interstate System ePub download

The Eisenhower Interstate System (Building America: Then and Now). McNichol is a bit fixated on Boston's Big Dig. While the Big Dig was arguably the most aggressive engineering feat in . insfrastructure history, I think it got a little more attention in this book than it deserved

The Eisenhower Interstate System (Building America: Then and Now). insfrastructure history, I think it got a little more attention in this book than it deserved. After all, McNichol did already publish a 235 page tome devoted solely to the Big Dig in 2000. Also, this book has not been updated since it's original release in 2006. Since that time a lot has happened. I-10 in New Orleans completely failed during hurricane Katrina leaving many refugees stranded on flooded surface streets.

Written by bestselling author Dan McNichol, The Roads that Built America is the fascinating . Good primer on our magnificent interstates; read this in 2006 while working on a feature story about the 50th anniversary of the system.

Written by bestselling author Dan McNichol, The Roads that Built America is the fascinating story of the largest engineering project the world has ever known. Jan 17, 2008 Jennifer rated it it was amazing.

The incredible story of the . This is by far the finest book written on the Interstate System in it's fifty- year existance! I just can't put it down. It's written in a way that you can choose - the earlier pre-interstate era, or just the tunnel chapter, or whatever! There are several very intresting "sidebars" on related subjects like a parcel company that thrived because of the Interstate, and how the sign design process evolved. Author Dan McNichol is a respected authority on transportation journalism, and this has to be his greatest career milepost!

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Manufacturer: Sterling Release date: 31 December 2005 ISBN-10 : 1402734689 ISBN-13: 9781402734687.

US-77 splits off at Exit 1, but parallels the interstate for its entire length in Oklahoma. The Daily Oklahoman 29 June 2006: 1D. ^ McNichol, Dan. I-35 maintains a near-due north–south course through Love and Carter Cos. I-35 provides four exits to Ardmore. After leaving Ardmore, it has a brief concurrency with State Highway 53 and enters Murray County and the Arbuckle Mountains. I-35 then passes through Garvin County and the county seat of Pauls Valley. New York: Sterling Publishing C. In. 2006.

But Dan McNichol, author of The Roads That Built America: The Incredible Story of the . Interstate System, says a key to the success of the highway system was that Eisenhower made it a top-down operation. Eisenhower was a master of military art," McNichol says. He understood from his readings and history that the best road systems were built by the central government," including the roads built by Rome, Napoleon and Hitler.

These roads connect to places across the country. McNichol, Dan. Highways, such as .  .

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The year 2006 celebrates the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Interstate System, the most incredible road system in the world. Created by Dwight D. Eisenhower, whose WW II experiences taught him the necessity of a superhighway for military transport and evacuation in wartime, today's Interstate System is what connects our coasts and our borders, our cities and small towns. It's made possible our suburban lifestyle and caused the vast proliferation of businesses from HoJos to Holiday Inns. And if you order something online, most likely it's a truck barreling along an interstate that gets the product to your door. Written by bestselling author Dan McNichol, The Roads that Built America is the fascinating story of the largest engineering project the world has ever known.

BOND
A well written and engaging book. Even if you're familiar with the history of the U.S. Interstate system, you're sure to find interesting tidbits and factoids that will keep you turning the pages. It's a pretty easy read with a lot of great photos. A bunch of sidebar stories helped to break things up a bit and keep it interesting for non-highway geeks.

McNichol is a bit fixated on Boston's Big Dig. While the Big Dig was arguably the most aggressive engineering feat in U.S. insfrastructure history, I think it got a little more attention in this book than it deserved. After all, McNichol did already publish a 235 page tome devoted solely to the Big Dig in 2000.

Also, this book has not been updated since it's original release in 2006. Since that time a lot has happened. I-10 in New Orleans completely failed during hurricane Katrina leaving many refugees stranded on flooded surface streets. The I-35W Mississippi River bridge collapse in Minneapolis in 2007 changed the way bridges are inspected yet again and had a far reaching impact on how U.S. highway funds are allocated for transportation safety.

The Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways project may be complete in principle, but it will never actually be finished. As long as our Interstate Highways live, this book will always have relevance and should have periodic updates and revisions.
KiddenDan
Clearly this topic will not be of interest to everybody but for those with an interest in history and the often surprising reasons behind the highway system in the U.S., this book is a joy. You will astound your friends with trivia! How many of them know that Maryland contains the most-expensive (per toll mile) interstate in the Country? (How many of your friends might care, is another story).

Altough it seems to be written in high-school textbook prose, the chapters are well organzined, the photos are wonderful and the format lends itself to the coffee table. It can be read in almost any order, a chapter at at time or even a sidebar at a time.

I now have an appreciation for the engineering marvel that Americans take for granted every day.
Fani
Not as deep as I'd hoped, but lavishly illustrated and better than much of what I've read on the topic. I can't decide if the author backed off his in-depth research a bit to try to be more mass-appeal or if this was perhaps pitched at the middle school/high school audience. No matter; if you're a road geek (you know who you are), you'll probably want this.
Urtte
This is a very attractive book, and lots of fun to read. In fact, this book is very elegant, and utterly fascinating to pick up. Speaking of that, you will find it hard to put down. Between the photographs and the various histories and stories, you will find this easy to either read straight through, or skip around. Every topic will be more interesting than the previous one (whichever one you just finished reading).

Yes, writing a book on this topic could be done with any, some, or all of the topics which cross the mind. But what topics, and what pictures! This book could be put by the bedside for reading, or plopped onto the coffee table for showing. OK, you would read it also!

A weakness with "Roads"? Well, the book was printed on more expensive media than usual for a book, and it is harder to read lying down. It is also harder to read with one hand, leaving the other free for a cup of coffee, or a carafe of your finest wine. In other words, not much ugly to say about this one!
Adrietius
It is not PC to appreciate highways anymore, but this boomer can remember two lane windy roads and 8-10 hour trips in hazardous snowstorms through the mountains go go just 200 miles from DC to Morgantown WV. Now just three hours on cruise control gives my whole family safety, great mileage, no doubt vastly less pollution, and of course keeps the kids from going crazy. This book describes a lost era, when we were proud to build (and be taxed - remember the FET on tires?) for the benefit of the entire United States. Read this book and then look around our crowded freeways today (with not one mile having been built in the past 30-40 years due to NIMBYS) and yearn for a earlier time. And then think how our PC leaders are pushing mass transit that will get not one single long distance truck or your plumber/electrician's van off our already saturated roadways. Oh my don't get me started . . .
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