Motoring - The Highway Experience in America by John A. Jakle and Keith A. Sculle
Motoring unmasks the forces that shape the American driving experience?commercial, aesthetic, cultural, mechanical?as it takes a timely look back at our historically unconditional love of motor travel. Focusing on recreational travel between 1900 and 1960, John A. Jakle and Keith A. Sculle cover dozens of topics related to drivers, cars, and highways and explain how they all converge to uphold that illusory notion of release and rejuvenation we call the "open road."
Jakle and Sculle have collaborated on five previous books on the history, culture, and landscape of the American road. Here, with an emphasis on the driver's perspective, they discuss garages and gas stations, roadside tourist attractions, freeways and toll roads, truck stops, bus travel, the rise of the convenience store, and much more. All the while, the authors make us think about aspects of driving that are often taken for granted: how, for instance, the many lodging and food options along our highways reinforce the connection between driving and "freedom" and how, by enabling greater speeds, highway engineers helped to stoke motorists' "blessed fantasy of flight." Although driving originally celebrated freedom and touted a common experience, it has increasingly become a highly regulated, isolated activity. The motive behind America's first embrace of the automobile?individual prerogative?still substantially obscures this reality.
This paperback book is in very good condition with slight imperfections to the cover. Pages in like new condition.
ISBN 10: 0820334154 / ISBN 13: 9780820334158
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Publication Date: 2009