Getting There (Paperback)

The Epic Struggle Between Road and Rail in the American Century (Chicago Lectures in Mathematics)

By Stephen B. Goddard

University of Chicago Press, 9780226300436, 366pp.

Publication Date: November 15, 1996

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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