A Nation on Wheels: The Automobile Culture in America Since 1945 (Wadsworth Books on America Since 1945)

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This brief text examines the central role of the automobile in American life in the late twentieth-century. Synthesizing and discussing the most insightful monographs written about the automobile, Mark Foster provides students with an enlightening history of one of America's most recognizable contributions to industrialized society. This volume is part of the AMERICA SINCE 1945 series--a collection of brief texts that seek to define the ways in which the United States has changed in the last 50 years.

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Mark Foster received his B.A. at Brown University in 1961 and his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in 1971. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including Teacher of the Year at the University of Colorado at Denver in 1983 and Researcher of the Year at the University of Colorado at Denver in 2001. His nine published books include FROM STREETCAR TO SUPERHIGHWAY: AMERICAN CITY PLANNERS AND URBAN TRANSPORTATION, 1900-1940 (Temple University Press); HENRY J. KAISER: BUILDER IN THE MODERN AMERICAN WEST (University of Texas Press); HENRY M. PORTER: ROCKY MOUNTAIN EMPIRE BUILDER (University Press of Colorado); and CASTLES IN THE SAND: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF CARL G. FISHER (University Press of Florida). He has also written three books about the history of baseball in Colorado.

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"I like the manuscript, and I plan to assign it. ... This manuscript is generally interesting and pretty consistently well written. ... Foster's A NATION ON WHEELS will prove an important addition to the literature on postwar America and an equally important addition to our understanding of the car culture."

"I'm happy to report that I like his book very much. ... Foster's work is thorough, full of good information, and smoothly and invitingly written. He places America's recent automobile culture in illuminating social, economic, environmental, and psychological contexts. Foster flat out knows how to write, making good use of anecdotes, humor, and strong verbs and adjectives. And he has an eye for telling quotes. ... this is a fine manuscript, worth of publication pretty much as is."

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