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Car Country: An Environmental History (Weyerhaeuser by Christopher W. Wells,William Cronon

By Christopher W. Wells,William Cronon

For most folk within the usa, going virtually at any place starts with attaining for the automobile keys. this can be real, Christopher Wells argues, as the usa is automobile Country�a state ruled through landscapes which are tricky, inconvenient, and infrequently detrimental to navigate via those people who are no longer sitting at the back of the wheel of a car.

The incidence of car-dependent landscapes turns out completely normal to us this present day, however it is, in truth, a comparatively new ancient improvement. In vehicle nation, Wells rejects the concept the nation's automobile established order should be defined as an easy byproduct of an ardent love affair with the auto. as an alternative, he's taking readers on a travel of the evolving American panorama, charting the ways in which transportation guidelines and land-use practices have mixed to reshape approximately each component to the equipped setting round the effortless move of autos. Wells untangles the advanced relationships among vehicles and the surroundings, permitting readers to determine the standard international in a very new means. the result's a heritage that's crucial for realizing American transportation and land-use matters today.

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