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By Christopher W. Wells,William Cronon

For most folks within the usa, going virtually anyplace starts off with achieving for the automobile keys. this is often precise, Christopher Wells argues, as the usa is vehicle Country�a kingdom ruled by way of landscapes which are tricky, inconvenient, and sometimes damaging to navigate by way of people who are no longer sitting in the back of the wheel of a car.

The incidence of car-dependent landscapes turns out completely ordinary to us this present day, however it is, in reality, a comparatively new old improvement. In vehicle nation, Wells rejects the concept that the nation's car establishment could be defined as an easy byproduct of an ardent love affair with the car. in its place, he is taking readers on a travel of the evolving American panorama, charting the ways in which transportation guidelines and land-use practices have mixed to reshape approximately each section of the outfitted atmosphere round the effortless move of cars. Wells untangles the advanced relationships among vehicles and the surroundings, permitting readers to determine the typical international in a very new means. the result's a historical past that's crucial for realizing American transportation and land-use concerns today.

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