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In this exquisitely researched book, Norton guides us through the complex and passionate debates that cleared the street to make way for the car. These decisions made decades ago still shape our cities, so they are vital to understanding the future of the automobile, as well as its past.(Zachary M. Schrag, author of The Great Society Subway: A History of the Washington Metro)
This is rigorous scholarship the history of technology, and the history of the automobile in particular, will truly benefit from. Norton's fascinating, in-depth history shows the automotive revolution was fought in the streets, reshaping the use of public space and impacting perceptions for generations thereafter.(Gijs Mom, author of The Electric Vehicle: Technology and Expectations in the Automobile Age)
We forget that the search for mobility in urban areas has also led to a massive increase in mortality. Fighting Traffic makes the linkage between mobility and mortality explicit. This is a cutting edge work in mobility history and a major contribution to urban history.(Clay McShane, author of Down the Asphalt Path)
Peter Norton describes a long-forgotten aspect of the appearance of mass motoring in America, the war between motorists and pedestrians. Read morePublished 4 months ago by John Forester
Peter provides as comprehensive a history on public rights-of-way as any I've ever seen. His work is thoroughly-researched and very well-organized. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Luke H. Klipp
It was the central text in my class, and it did that job well. However, it certainly needed articles to supplement it. Not very exciting read. Read morePublished 15 months ago by PrintedWords
This is a very thoroughly researched book. Almost a third of the last part of the book consists entirely of the author's footnotes. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Rex F
In 18th and 19th century Britain, Parliament passed a series of Enclosure Acts removing previously existing rights of local people to their use of the commons. Read morePublished on July 24, 2013 by Vince Graham
For those of us that recognize the American automobile as a vicious and murderous machine in the hands of a people incapable of responsibility to one another, this book is an... Read morePublished on April 28, 2013 by brewstefer
Seldom have I read a book that so profoundly changed my understanding of history. The author maintains a neutral tone, not showing bias towards or against any industry or interest... Read morePublished on March 13, 2013 by John Duval