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The American Motel Hardcover – August 1, 2000
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Anyone who's read his past books knows what to expect: detailed research (complete with very useful bibliography), competent writing and an eye-pleasing mixture of modern photos and antique postcards to illustrate the topic, reproduced in full color on glossy paper. It's a good read and a delightful browse.
Having said all that, though, the text is marred in several places by a jarring factual error and an annoyingly preachy tone. Witzel repeatedly misidentifies eastern U.S. 40 as the Lincoln Highway rather than the National Road, which for hard-core roadies is like confusing a Chevy and a T-Bird. And I don't expect, or desire, to see the phrase "prayer has been taken out of the schools and God from our government" in a book on roadside architecture.
Still, if you're interested in the subject, you'll want this book.