Ways of the World: A History of the World's Roads and of the Vehicles That Used Them
This is the first comprehensive history of the world's roads, highways, bridges, and the people and vehicles that traverse them, from prehistoric times to the present. Encyclopedic in its scope, fascinating in its details, Ways of the World is a unique work for reference and browsing. Maxwell Lay considers the myriad aspects of roads and their users: the earliest pathways, the rise of wheeled vehicles and animals to pull them, the development of surfaced roads, the motives for road and bridge building, and the rise of cars and their influence on roads, cities, and society. The work is amply illustrated, well indexed and cross-referenced, and includes a chronology of road history and a full bibliography.
It is indispensable for anyone interested in travel, history, geography, transportation, cars, or the history of technology.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - dieseltaylor - LibraryThing
A book on a fascinating area that affects us now and how previous civilisations developed. Truly interesting. It would receive 5 stars but for the intellectual arrogance, or possibly idiocy, in ... Read full review
Ways of the world: a history of the world's roads and of the vehicles that used themUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Lay, an Australian civil engineer, appreciates the relevance of roads to history. He brings to his study a sense of humor that often exploits the subject's potential bathos. Nonetheless, his deep ... Read full review