Nik's Reviews > The Big Roads: The Untold Story of the Engineers, Visionaries, and Trailblazers Who Created the American Superhighways

The Big Roads by Earl Swift
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Apr 28, 2012

it was amazing

I'll start by confessing that i'm a big fan of in depth histories of comparatively narrow topics, and my wife jokes that my favorite books are all one-word titles (Cod, Coal, Salt, etc). With that said this was a really well done narrative of the history of the interstate system, which significantly predates Ike and the auto boom of the 50's. The author does a good job of balancing the desire to include the myriad personalities behind this remarkable feat of engineering without overwhelming the reader with too many characters.
I'd highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the interstate system and looking for a well written history with a good blend of human interest, historical context, and technical details.

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