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Route 66 (Enthusiast Color) Paperback – September 14, 2000
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As you move along through the book, there are more references to the people in these historical, meaningful old route 66 towns and cities that devalue and degrade them. He would have you believe that you are going to encounter people curbside "selling Nazi flags" along the way. Never mind the wonderful shops, native crafts, and exceptional people you will meet. Even bringing up Timothy McVeigh (Please check this books own index here on Amazon to verify this.), who I'm pretty sure no one that is purchasing a book on Route 66 is even remotely interested in. He even takes a shot at their Christian religion by calling a cross on the side of the road commercialism.
This is just a sad little book with a big "chip on the shoulder" agenda. Not the book you are looking for.
More than any other highway, Route 66 has a history and an allure that never ceases to draw the adventurous to it. These days traveling on Route 66 is sort of like visiting a huge living museum of automobile Americana. Steil, aided by photographer Jim Luning, take the journey and give their vision to this long familiar story. The nice part about this book is that MBI, the publisher, chose to offer it as part of the inexpensive Enthusiast Color Series rather than an expensive coffee table book. You can easily take this book with you for easy reading along the way and without taking up too much space at lunch counter. This was a good choice on their part and is sure to make give this book a long sales life.
The author is accurate in his descriptions and the photographer's keen eye caught quite a few features of Route 66 that have not appeared in other publications. Truckers are big part of this story, in fact the famous Dixie Truckers Home in central Illinois gets good coverage right in the beginning of the book. If the lore and legends of Route 66 are already part of your life, or you would just like a low-cost introduction to this famous highway then Route 66, by Tim Steil is a must have item.
- Gary Bricken
Author Tim Steil has created a classic reference to the mother road; in retrospect it only has gotten better with time. Just read the preface, it tells all you need to know to understand the author's writing style ...I instinctively trust anyone willing to laugh at their own antics; and the mental image of the author hightailing it back to his car with what could only be the infamous dogs of Glenrio hot on his tail had me laughing out loud: I was chased by those same dogs!
I am from the Missouri Ozarks originally so am well acquainted with the stereotypes that go with the territory. Well, the folks I have found on the road are just like any other group of people: most of them really would give you the shirt off their backs if they felt you needed it. And some of them are just best avoided, like the 'drunk out of his skull' homeless dude camped out behind Ranch House in Tucumcari who took exception to my camera with a stream of profanity that made ME blush! I grew up with both kinds. I might even have a few dentally challenged folks that I knew as neighbors and friends; some were indeed drunk more often than not. I found nothing to take offense about in this book; Mr.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought this for UK friends coming over in the fall to ride motorcycles along Route 66. I am sure they love itPublished on January 3, 2014 by C. L. Vetter
Such a neat book. Wonderful photos and heaps of ideas for places to visit. A very easy read and sooo inviting!! Read morePublished on October 12, 2009 by speckie
I recently received this beautiful color collection on "The Mother Road" Route 66. Having traveled West from Chicago to Kingman AZ in the mid 60's on Route 66 it brought back many... Read morePublished on March 12, 2008 by Donald F. Brodersen
This is the best Route 66 book I've ever read. The pictures range from breathtaking to amusing and the writing is fresh and clean. A must have for anyone interested in Route 66.Published on July 18, 2001 by Ian