By Pete Davies
A attention-grabbing account of the best highway journey in American history.
On July 7, 1919, a unprecedented cavalcade of sixty-nine army motorized vehicles trigger from the White apartment on an epic trip. Their objective used to be California, and prior to them lay 3,250 miles of airborne dirt and dust, dust, rock, and sand. Sixty-two days later they arrived in San Francisco, having averaged simply 5 miles an hour. often called the 1st Transcontinental Motor educate, this journey was once an event, a circus, a public relatives coup, and a warfare online game all rolled into one. As street stipulations worsened, it additionally turned a regular conflict of sweat and hard work, of guts and resolution.
American Road is the tale of this very good trip. Pete Davies takes us from east to west, bringing to lifestyles the lads at the journey, their trials with uncooperative gear and climate, and the punishing panorama they encountered. paradoxically one of many members was once a tender soldier named Dwight Eisenhower, who, 4 a long time later, as President, introduced the construction of the interstate road method. Davies additionally offers a colourful background of transcontinental automobile shuttle during this state, together with the 1st cross-country journeys and the development of the Lincoln road. This richly unique e-book bargains a slice of Americana, a section of heritage unknown to many, and a party of our love affair with the road.
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American Road: The Story of an Epic Transcontinental Journey at the Dawn of the Motor Age by Pete Davies