From Library Journal
The drive-in was once a classic expression of car culture and remains a fixture in the memory of the first baby boomers. In his lavish iconography of burger-on-the-dash emporia, Witzel (American Gas Station, Mortorbks. Internat., 1992) tracks these high-caloric palaces of middle America from their birth in Texas to ultimate refinement and near death from decadence in California. (The drive-in has survived teen rowdyism and even undergone an American Graffiti-fueled revival.) Witzel's most interesting passages explore drive-in prerequisites (cars), precursors (drugstore soda fountains), components (coke, neon, carhops), and offshoots (fast-food franchises), but his corny "you are here" conjurations of imagined trips to the drive-in are stale from the start. Still, you'll be getting the story in the pictures, not from his words; clearly, he's a skilled editor and energetic collector. Suitable for public libraries, though most aficionados will want it on their coffee tables or not at all.Scott H. Silverman, Bryn Mawr Coll. Lib., Pa.
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If you'd like to read a book that will stimulate your appetite, make your heart race and stop your clock, take a look at Michael Witzel's The American Drive-in. What purports to be a history of our national preoccupation with fast food served at curbside will not only take you down memory lane, but also make you look at your life as one long trip from drive-in to drive-in. -- Road & Track, July 1995