Looking for America on the New Jersey Turnpike

Looking for America on the New Jersey Turnpike❰PDF❯ ✅ Looking for America on the New Jersey Turnpike Author Angus Kress Gillespie – Oaklandjobs.co.uk Two American Studies professors from Rutgers University here show how the New Jersey Turnpike that ugly icon'' America's widest and most traveled'' road has found its way into the minds if not the hea America on Kindle Õ Two American Studies professors from Rutgers University here show how the New Jersey Turnpike that ugly icon'' America's widest and most traveled'' road has found its way into the minds if not for America on the New PDF or the hearts of artists and drivers alike In poet Allen Ginsberg singer Bruce Springsteen commuters and roadside home owners lulled to sleep by its Looking for PDF/EPUB or drone of traffic this lane asphalt monster has inspired powerful reactions from admiration to anger The authors consider the first asparagus patch plowed up to lay the road; the salary a contemporary toll taker can earn with hefty overtime; and the not infreuent lawlessness of the highway patrol From the gray flannel suit diligence that for America on PDF/EPUB ç built it to the mixture of necessity practicality and venality that maintains it the New Jersey Turnpike proves to be an enthralling though unlikely subject. You wouldn't think a book about a highway would be interesting but this one is The authors cover a diversity of topics including how the road was built how it was financed political considerations hey after all this is New Jersey the New Jersey State Police rest stop culture and other mattersScattered throughout the book are many interesting tidbits of information such as stopping on the turnpike to take pictures is illegal they were not even allowed to take one for the book; they commissioned artists' renderings the turnpike is the busiest toll road in the nation Port Elizabeth is the largest containerized freight facility in the nation and New Jersey has the largest deer population in the United StatesYes the state that leads the nation in road miles per capita still insists on calling itself the Garden State Read this book It's fun than counting the cars on the New Jersey Turnpike Ever wonder what toll collectors do when a motorist pulls up with no money? Did you know that it is against the law to take pictures on the New Jersey Turnpike? Want to know how the sensors work that are embedded in the road to help monitor traffic flow? Looking for America on the New Jersey Turnpike is not a book one would normally rush out to read but after reading several favorable reviews I gave it a chance and discovered to my delight it was impossible to put down The authors two Rutgers professors have written a charming short book on the history and problems of that 12 lane corridor through which 197 million vehicles pass annually Each car in the process enriching the New Jersey Turnpike Authority a totally independent body answerable to virtually no one While the authors have a tendency to allow their personal gripes to intrude into the narrative chances are their complaints mirror those of other travelers If you've ever been as terrified as I while whipping through the northern half trying to enjoy the bountiful scenery of airports refineries swamps cesspools harbors dumps and smog you'll enjoy this microcosm of America and the Garden State Don't know what I expected but not this it is literally a book about the turnpike being built etc Some interesting stories and some sad about the money being made neighbors forced out of homes etc Best story was the neighbor who live next to the rear entrance to a rest stop and the couple would walk over to the restaurant for dinner when they didn't feel like cooking the restaurant on the turnpike First of all I have to admit that I didn't finish reading this book primarily because it was not what I thought it was Secondly it was dry and thirdly while only written in the late 1980s it was wildly out of date For people interested in the history and politics behind building the New Jersey turnpike this book provides valuable data otherwise I think you should skip it I tried repeated to read the book skipping chapters hoping to find a place that drew me in but alas I gave up Due to the age of this book it is somewhat hard to completely relate to the text but the history section of the book does provide insightful knowledge The writing of the book is dry at times but if you are from the area or take an interest in Americana there is room for reflection in the text This WAS a good book twenty years ago But at this point the information is hugely dated My husband and I were reading this one together but I think we're going to give up on it

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  • Paperback
  • 240 pages
  • Looking for America on the New Jersey Turnpike
  • Angus Kress Gillespie
  • English
  • 24 August 2016
  • 9780813519555