The Road Taken: The History and Future of America's Infrastructure

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Petroski provides valuable historical context to inform today's policy debates. (New York Times Book Review)

A thorough account of how our highway system got to be what it is. (New York Review of Books)

A characteristically eye-opening look at America's infrastructure . . . Anyone with an interest in the way things work will want this book--and will doubtless emerge as a fan of the ever curious author. (starred review Kirkus Reviews)

[Petroski] excels at revealing the origins of everyday, utilitarian things. His previous books include histories of the toothpick and the pencil, and his latest contribution bristles with fascinating details about the elements of road design we often overlook. (Los Angeles Times)

Mr. Petroski . . . cherishes roads and bridges, and his book is a loving look at everything-materials, expertise, politics, money, culture-that goes into their creation and maintenance. It is also a passionate appeal to Americans to accept responsibility for keeping their infrastructure safe and viable. . . . A labor of love [by] a lucid writer. (Wall Street Journal)

[Petroski] has a clear eye, a mellifluous prose style and a knack for spicing deep research with personal anecdotes. (Washington Post)

This is vital reading. (Booklist)

Public infrastructure is often deemed interesting only to policy wonks, but Petroski . . . proves that he can make it accessible and fascinating for a wider readership . . . His book may well move readers to lobby their elected officials. (Publishers Weekly)

Petroski's goal is to ask how, given the importance of the car to the US economy and mobility, federal and state governments have allowed the country's infrastructure to reach crisis point. But he goes beyond hand wringing. With an engineer's technical knowledge and a historian's eye, he offers a nuanced argument about the political, financial and engineering calculus that contributes to failures. (Nature)

One of the clearest (and most entertaining) cases yet for why we must improve the network of roads, bridges, and highways we take for granted. (Science)

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A renowned historian and engineer explores the past, present, and future of America's crumbling infrastructure.

Acclaimed engineer and historian Henry Petroski explores our core infrastructure from both historical and contemporary perspectives, explaining how essential their maintenance is to America's economic health. Petroski reveals the genesis of the many parts of America's highway system--our interstate numbering system, the centerline that divides roads, and such taken-for-granted objects as guardrails, stop signs, and traffic lights--all crucial to our national and local infrastructure.

A compelling work of history, The Road Taken is also an urgent clarion call aimed at American citizens, politicians, and anyone with a vested interest in our economic well-being. Physical infrastructure in the United States is crumbling, and Petroski reveals the complex and challenging interplay between government and industry inherent in major infrastructure improvement. The road we take in the next decade toward rebuilding our aging infrastructure will in large part determine our future national prosperity.

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