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Route 66: The Mother Road

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  183 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
America's Main Street is celebration, Michael Wallis hit the road again, revisiting people and
places that made the Mother Road on American icon, and uncovering new treasures. A love
letter and a tribute, Route 66: The Mother Road takes us on an unforgettable journey through
the secret corners and hidden towns of America's most famous and beloved highway.
Paperback, 75th Anniversary Edition, 288 pages
Published June 23rd 2001 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published April 1st 1990)
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Jul 25, 2008 Damsevine rated it really liked it
It's tough to realize that you love America even though you hate football, red meat, needless consumption and war. This book gets at the heart of what America is really about - free people doing unique things, having fun and meeting other free people before they die. It's about the journey...
Aug 06, 2012 Joel rated it it was amazing
I received this book as a birthday gift back in 1990. It's virtually a state by state journey of the historic Route 66 and the unusual people and places that paved the way for all its hype. The book opens with a general history of how the road was commissioned and built during its early days, complete with the unique events that celebrated its completion. Plenty of color photos here capture the many landmarks of Route 66, some of which thrived and others that ceased to exist. These include bridg ...more
Dec 29, 2014 Samantha rated it it was amazing
Travel Route 66 with the expert. The first part covers the history of the road from its founders to the effects of the interstate. The chapters that follow take readers on a journey through each of the eight state the road runs through. The writing captures the sights, sounds, etc of the famous road and is supported by numerous photos, postcards, memorabilia, and interviews with business owners, entertainers, and travelers detailing their personal experiences.

Travelers will like this book, fans
Mar 23, 2015 Gary rated it really liked it
This book gives a great insight into the history of Route 66 and what you will encounter as you travel the road today - starting in Chicago, Illinois and ending in Santa Monica, California.

The book was published in 2001 so some things have changed. And, the last chapter of the book provides an update to some of the improvements in the road, and the demise of other points of interest.

As you read the book, the author has a habit of making the same point many times .... about taking the road less t
Gordon Gravley
Oct 16, 2014 Gordon Gravley rated it it was amazing
Take a road trip without leaving your couch. Great photography and stories of a bygone era. Travelling by car just ain't what it used to be.
James Spears
Jun 14, 2016 James Spears rated it it was amazing
This book made me take my own journey down old route 66 starting from glenrio to Tulsa.
Peter Anderson
Jun 12, 2014 Peter Anderson rated it liked it
Shelves: travel
One day I will get to ride a Harley-Davidson along Route 66.
Michele Coleman
Feb 09, 2015 Michele Coleman rated it really liked it
Entertaining. Famous or infamous sites along route 66.
Apr 04, 2009 Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: added-reads
Another great Route 66 book. It gives a thorough look at the route through all 8 states, and the updated anniversary edition gives some updates on people and places mentioned in the book, as well as recent preservation efforts.

(I finished reading it on April 4, 2009. I started it on the day I went to visit the most exciting new destination in the state of Illinois: Joliet! Which also happens to be a Route 66 town.)
Jana Eichhorn
Jul 31, 2011 Jana Eichhorn rated it really liked it
Fantastic history of Route 66. Not a guide book, but great for armchair travel. It's outdated due to its having been written in 1990, and a lot has changed on the road since then (both for better and for worse), but the history of all of the beloved landmarks doesn't change. Michael Wallis has called this book his love letter to the mother road. It is exactly that.
Kate Woods Walker
Mar 07, 2013 Kate Woods Walker rated it liked it
It's a bit dated to the 2013 eye, but still a decent enough read. Something like sitting down to a long Sunday newspaper feature. Notable as the book that launched Michael Wallis onto the national stage and gave us the movie Cars.
Sep 07, 2007 DrDeb rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those who love road trips
I did my research to find the right book to quench my thirst for details on America's Route 66. This was the book recommended and it does not disappoint. Great historical data and photos.
Jill Gross
Jan 09, 2011 Jill Gross rated it really liked it
Parts of the route through Missouri and Illinois I remember. Even a picture of the grain elevators in my mothers home town. Good book - sad that most of the road is gone now.
Mar 28, 2012 Erinp rated it liked it
Interesting blend of facts and stories about a part of american history I honestly didn't know much about.
Gloria Castro
Jan 04, 2015 Gloria Castro rated it really liked it
This book brings the route 66 to life! Take it with you when you go...
Dec 08, 2012 Diane rated it really liked it
Road trip in our future...someday!
May 17, 2008 Allison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
great photos and anecdotes
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Michael Wallis is the bestselling author of Route 66, Billy the Kid, Pretty Boy, and David Crockett. He hosts the PBS series American Roads. He voiced The Sheriff in the animated Pixar feature Cars. He lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
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