From Library Journal
Wallis, an assistant professor of environmental design, views mobile homes as a unique and innovative response to market needs unmet by conventional housing, offering affordable, convenient, and flexible alternatives for lower-income groups. He also provides an excellent historical development of the industry from travel trailers to permanent housing, as well as the social and regulatory forces accompanying that growth. Though currently comprising about ten percent of all domestic dwellings, the industry is in decline, perhaps a victim of its own success, and Wallis sees that as a loss of a significant and much-needed niche in the housing market. Thoroughly researched and documented, this is an important addition to the scant literature about the industry.- David Van de Streek, Pennsylvania State Univ. Libs., York
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This pioneering study succeeds admirably... Wallis's work is solidly researched, well written, extensively illustrated, and a true contribution to both American vehicular and housing history.
(Technology and Culture
A significant book.
A sober yet entertaining account—packed with information—of a singularly American invention. The book is at its liveliest when discussing the first half of the 20th century, when the form was first being played with and celebrated.