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The American Motel Hardcover – 31 Jul 2000
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A motel enthusiast writes a glowing cultural history of America's romance with the motel, accompanied by color and b&w photographs of the most ambitious, quirkiest, and kitchiest architectural trends, neon signs, and amenities designed to draw roadside travelers. Of special interest are the many contemporary shots of now-abandoned, crumbling roadsi
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I do agree with Doug that Mr. Witzel sometimes drifted to the preachy side, being a little too harsh on unmarried couples who rented rooms and the proprietors who let them. But still, this beautifully illustrated book is an absolute MUST for motel fans.
Anyone who's read his past books knows what to expect: detailed research (complete with very useful bibliography), competent writing and an eye-pleasing mixture of modern photos and antique postcards to illustrate the topic, reproduced in full color on glossy paper. It's a good read and a delightful browse.
Having said all that, though, the text is marred in several places by a jarring factual error and an annoyingly preachy tone. Witzel repeatedly misidentifies eastern U.S. 40 as the Lincoln Highway rather than the National Road, which for hard-core roadies is like confusing a Chevy and a T-Bird. And I don't expect, or desire, to see the phrase "prayer has been taken out of the schools and God from our government" in a book on roadside architecture.
Still, if you're interested in the subject, you'll want this book.