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The road taken: the history and future of America's infrastructure

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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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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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subject_facetInfrastructure (Economics) -- United States -- History
Interstate Highway System -- History
Roads -- Economic aspects -- United States -- History
Roads -- Government policy -- United States -- History
Roads -- United States -- History
Roads -- United States -- Maintenance and repair -- History
United States -- Economic conditions -- 1945-
title_displayThe road taken : the history and future of America's infrastructure
title_fullThe Road Taken The History and Future of America's Infrastructure
The road taken : the history and future of America's infrastructure / Henry Petroski
title_shortThe road taken
title_subthe history and future of America's infrastructure
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Economic aspects
Economic conditions
Government policy
History
Infrastructure (Economics)
Interstate Highway System
Maintenance and repair
Nonfiction
Politics
Roads
Technology