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Route 66: Lives on the Road Hardcover – 8 May 2001


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Connecting Chicago and Los Angeles, Route 66 was lined for more than a half-century with businesses that catered to the pioneering motorists and travelers who journeyed along the "Mother Road." This nostalgic, illustrated history gathers the stories of those folks who used Route 66, as well as those who lived along the road and made their living there. Along with tales of travel, the book also examines the entire range of Route 66 vocations and services: gas, food, lodging, museums, souvenir shops, law enforcement, wrecker operators, and more. Fans of this American icon will enjoy the tales of the people who made the road a legend, as well as the hundreds of period and modern colour photographs that illustrate their stories.

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The most people-oriented history of Route 66 I've read 13 Jun. 2001
By Brad Bowling - Published on Amazon.com
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In this book, the author manages to bring a fresh light to a subject many lovers of Americana and automobilia feel they already know by heart.
Besides being a naturally talented writer (this is his first book) and photographer, Robinson shows he has a great gift for getting to the core of his subject matter and sharing it with the rest of us. Rather than filling his pages with dry recounts of Route 66's various alignments and long lessons on '30s-era cartography, he gives us stories that in many cases leave you wanting more, such as the itinerant farmer who had to take a job at a diner in New Mexico -- and wound up owning the business for the rest of his life.
Every tale in the book comes from extensive interviews Robinson conducted while traveling the remaining sections of the highway.
The book's primary theme woven through the various first-hand recounts is the collectibility of Route 66 -- and not just the ubiquitous highway sign that's come to symbolize the Mother Road for so many people around the world. The highlighted collections run the gamut from pieces of the "hard road" itself to one man's lifelong obsession with Route 66-related postcards; from bundles of barbed wire to a yard full of neon signage.
Because I love traveling through the Midwest and West, anything written about Route 66 gets my attention. "Route 66: Lives on the Road," however, should even appeal to readers whose interests aren't so specifically focused on that famous highway.
The People of the Mother Road 30 Jun. 2001
By Robert Harmon - Published on Amazon.com
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Robinson describes people who live or work on Route 66 and people who are 66 enthusiasts in one way or another. His book answers a question being asked in this 75th anniversary year of the Mother Road: What's so special about Route 66?
The author allows people to answer for themselves and from their own experience as truck drivers, state troopers, gas station attendants, artists, photographers, motel and restaurant owners, writers, gift shop operators, and even collectors of memorabilia. There is an excellent chapter on Route 66 museums, attesting to the appreciation of local communities of their 66 heritage. The photography is excellent.
The book takes a very different approach in presenting Route 66; it is about the old highway but through the perspective of people who can still be found along the way and who express well what Route 66 was and still is. The author writes well, but it is clear that through the many interviews conducted for his book he also listens well. A great variety of Route 66 lives are presented, and Robinson's "people book" is a valuable addition to the growing body of literature on the Mother Road.
I like the actual trip and pictures 15 May 2013
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There are many spots we will be stopping at on our trip to Mt. Rushmore this summer (2013). Great pictures.
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