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This book is a tour de force. Even reading it in 2012 it has so much to offer. Prof. Flink writes with great clarity and style. He manages to synthesize a massive amount of information into a coherent narrative that sheds light on almost every aspect of the American experience. I have read many books on the impact of the automobile on the United States and a number of books on the history of transportation in the US. The Automobile Age belongs at the top of the reading list for anyone desiring a comprehensive overview of those topics. I only wish there were an updated version. Published in 1988, some of the material toward the end of the book is jarring when viewed with 30+ years of perspective (i.e. "80% of employyes at the new Saturn car company re guaranteed lifetime employement"). Highly recommended.
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