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The Lincoln Highway: Coast to Coast from Times Square to the Golden Gate Hardcover – July 17, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; y First printing edition (July 17, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393059383
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393059380
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 10.8 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #505,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One look at the retro artwork on the cover of this travel tome will tell you what's in store for you—a visit down memory lane the length of the U.S. Following the 3,000-mile Lincoln Highway—much of it has been replaced or renamed—from New York City's Times Square to San Francisco Bay, Wallis (Route 66: The Mother Road) expertly captures the oft-forgotten and offbeat sights and tales of an America bypassed by superhighways. Most every town, restaurant, mom-and-pop store the author encounters along The Main Street Across America has seen better days, but Wallis still takes the time to celebrate their classic architecture and down-home recipes. With an eye for details and a gift for storytelling, he moves just as smoothly between the role of tour guide and yarn spinner as he does between the road's history and its current incarnation. The juxtaposition between old and new is further underlined by the presentation of classic images and new photographs by Williamson. With a chapter dedicated to each of the 13 states that the highway passes through, this book will delight those looking to uncover their local roots as well as adventurers yearning for that American rite of passage—a cross-country road trip. (July)
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If you liked Wallis' Route 66, you'll love The Lincoln Highway. -- Brian Butko, author of Greetings from the Lincoln Highway and Lincoln Highway Companion

It's just as good as Route 66, which is the highest praise one can give. Another volume of happy memories. -- Tony Hillerman, author of The Shape Shifter

The Lincoln Highway is lovingly resurrected here, with stubborn insistence on the details of its history. A visual, informed, and literate journey. -- Andrei Codrescu, author of New Orleans, Mon Amour

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on July 16, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Michael Wallis, author, movie voice over (sheriff in Cars) also authored Route 66 that has sold over 500,000 copies. He joined Pulitzer-prize winning photographer Michael S. Williamson to pay tribute to the America of a bygone era.

During this era, Americans got into their cars and drove across the country to sightsee or visit another city or family who has moved away.

The Great American Road Trip takes us across the middle of the country across California, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York--3 states and 3,389 miles.

"If Route 66 was the `Mother Road'--as John Steinbeck wrote in his classic novel, The Grapes of Wrath, then the Lincoln Highway is this country's "Father Road." Named after the 16th president, this highway is for travelers, not tourists--people who will take the change to be lead to memorable places or people that are off the beaten path.

The extensive photo gallery date back to 1910, some taken recently, others from Williamson's personal collection. You don't have to read a word to get the idea of the people and places along the route. But you will not want to miss Wallis' wonderful telling words.

The Lincoln Highway was so named in 1919, however it wasn't long before all highways got numbers, so it is also known as Hwy. 30. Unlike modern freeways that are straight slabs of concrete, this highway is a "crooked path" that reflects diversity of cafes, theatres, signs, people, bridges, etc.

Nothing is predictable on the Lincoln Highway--and what more fun could a trip be than unpredictable.

A fun book to look at and reminisce by the photos, postcards, stories, maps--even if you've never been in those area, they are the down-home America of another time.

Armchair Interviews says: A great gift for someone from those areas or who is a true traveler at heart. It will be enjoyed by all.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By R. Rueff on August 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I was very excited to receive this book, as I received my college degrees from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Il....I discovered during my time there that the main street through the old town was part of a national highway, so I was eager to explore it further.

I started to read this book, and found it interesting because of the amount of history that it covered in each state. But the further I got, the more I was annoyed by the writing. The writing seemed very simplistic, and I think it would be adequate for, say, a fifth grader. I almost felt insulted by the lack of any sophistication. On the other hand, the photographs are wonderful!! I think I will stop reading the book and just look at the photos instead; then I will feel as though I've gotten my money's worth.
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Format: Hardcover
This weighty coffee table book is rich with details and photographs, the long corridor of the Lincoln Highway appreciated by a new generation of travelers since the 1980s, a relic of our American past rediscovered by enthusiastic tourists motoring from state to state, the distinctive landmarks that define the vast geographic landscape of this country. Beginning with New York, the chapters address a parade of states: New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada and California, from east to west, a staggering panorama of roadside attractions, motels, restaurants and tourist attractions, a great scavenger hunt for the bizarre Americana of which we are so proud. Unable to release the quirky icons of our history, the ever-changing city landscapes retain relics of the past, signs and buildings that refuse to be relegated to obscurity.

How easy it would be to replace history with more modern pretensions; yet there is a reluctance to deny the eclectic images of a memorable America where individualism triumphs over corporate blandness. In text that addresses the particulars of each state and vivid complementary images, the book defines each place and the people who live there, their stories and family histories, generations of articulated hopes and dreams. These are the folks who fought world wars and settled in unfamiliar places, their tales speaking of a respect for hard work and the joy of accomplishment. Illinois boasts the Abe Lincoln Motel and the historical road alignment of the Lincoln Highway and Route 66, which run on the same road for three blocks trough Plainfield, Illinois.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By NomadNotes on April 20, 2014
Format: Paperback
This is a very attractive book, with lovely photos and drawings, and interesting text. But as the Lincoln Highway can often be poorly road-signed, it really would have been helpful had this book had many more detailed maps in it so you could follow along, or get back on track if you missed a sign (easily done, especially if driving alone). There is text description of some of the things you need to do, but a map is wortha thousand words...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marc A. Mordue on September 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Excellent book, well written with many classic photos. Would highly recommend this book for anyone interested in the Lincoln Highway.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nancy A. Troyer on September 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Very well written--this book makes you want to get in your car and drive. We are planning our next vacation to cover just a part of the Lincoln Highway.
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