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Route 66: Iconography of the American Highway [Hardcover]

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Route 66 was the iconic highway of twentieth-century America, stretching from Chicago and Chicago and the Mississippi River basin to Los Angeles and the Pacific coast, and it connected Americans not only physically but also culturally as an enduring symbol found in classic songs, films, television, and pop art. Arthur Krim explores here the fascinating and complex symbolism behind the famous roadway in this vibrantly illustrated and innovative study.

Route 66 traces the iconography of U.S. Highway 66 first as an idea, then as a fact, and finally as a symbol in American culture. Krim chronicles the history of Route 66 as part of a larger plan to conquer and settle the Native American lands of the Great Plains and Southwest. While the antecedents of Route 66 are to be found in the wagon trails and railroad routes of the nineteenth century, the construction of Route 66 in the twentieth century ushered in the revolutionary era of the modern highway and automobile travel.

Krim looks at how the highway transcended its gravel and concrete physicality to become a metaphor for the American spirit of exploration and democratic freedom. He draws on a wealth of examples to examine how Route 66 evolved through each generation, from John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath to Bobby Troup's carefree "(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66" to the anger and alienation of Jack Kerouac's On the Road. Combining history and metaphor, literature and images, Krim explores how Route 66 compressed disparate events and cultural ideas into the treasured national memory that the road is now.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   288
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.1" Width: 8.3" Height: 1"
Weight:   2.45 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   May 15, 2006
Publisher   Center for American Places
ISBN  193006635X  
ISBN13  9781930066359  

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Route 66, in the slow lane  Jan 11, 2007
This book is not an interesting read, more like a revision of a pHd thesis. I liked the pictures.
Best Book about Rte 66  Sep 30, 2006
This is the best book about Route 66 that I've come across. The many informative maps, vintage photos and smooth writing style of the author make it extremely interesting and enjoyable reading. The book is full of little gems connecting folks like Louie Armstrong, Nat King Cole, Chuck Berry, Dennis Hopper, Peter Fonda, Jack Kerouac, John Steinbeck and Woody Guthrie, et al, to Route 66. Clearly, Dr. Krim has done a thorough (deep and broad) historical investigation of this world-renown icon and written a superb book that I am thrilled to have in my collection.
It's Finally Here  Jul 1, 2006
Those of us deeply connected to Route 66 know that Arthur Krim is one of the road's best kept secrets. He has spent decades engaging in meticulous research of the highway's origins and of the songs, films, and social / cultural impact it has had on our society. Simply put, this man is the John Steinbeck of Route 66 history, and anyone interested in vintage highways should consider this as fundamental to their library as a physician would a book on anatomy.

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