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Route 66: The Mother Road [Abridged] [Audio Cassette]

Velma Wallis
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July 27 1999
Here is the definitive story of the most famous road in American history. Wallis has woven a tapestry that chronicles the road from its founding to its demise eight decades later and its current revival. 2 cassettes.

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"Like others before him, from John Steinbeck to Charles Kuralt, Michael Wallis went on the road in search of America. The result is...a colorful paean to a most romantic highway."--The New York Times

"Since the do-gooders abolished public hangings, the only show in town worth watching is the traffic on Highway 66 heading West and Route 66: The Mother Road is the best book we have to tell us what we are seeing."--Stanley Marsh III, Owner, Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo, Texas

"This story of our nation's most famous highway keeps alive an important part of American history. It's a delight."--Ted Drewes, Owner, Ted Drewes Frozen Custard, St. Louis, Missouri

"Route 66 changed the course of my whole life. I will treasure my trip forever, and this book recaptures very vividly every memory."--Bobby Troup, Songwriter, "Get Your Kicks on Route 66"

"The tone of Route 66: The Mother Road is as friendly as that of a big diner, where the conversations of people who have just met drift through the air like the steam from their coffee cups."--Phil Patton, author, Open Road

"Any of you who love nostalgia will love Route 66: The Mother Road as much as I do."--Tony Hillerman

"A love letter to the road...He wraps the history of the route around pictures of it and lets the people who have traveled and lived along the Mother Road tell their stories."--Kelli Pryor, Entertainment Weekly
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Michael Wallis is the widely acclaimed author of Pretty Boy and the best-selling book Oil Man. He is currently collaborating with Chief Wilma Mankiller on a book about her life and the story of the Cherokee people. Born in the 66-town of St. Louis, Wallis now lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, a short distance from the Mother Road.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars still the best book on route 66 Dec 3 2001
I read Wallis' original book some years ago and now he has offered us an update. It is now 75 years since the highway numbering system went into effect, and more than ten years since the original book came out. What we get is an extra chapter in the back outlining some of the many changes that have occured in the past decade. Some old friends of the road have passed away; and a whole lot of new ones added. One gripe. We don't hear how Angel and Juan in Seligman are doing these days. Experienced 66 hands will know who I mean--the rest of you, make sure you find out about those two fine gentlemen. This, new, book will help you on your way. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars REMEMBER THE JACK RABBIT? Jan. 17 2001
Between about 1958 and 1963, I was lucky enough to drive the western portion of Route 66 twice in each direction. (From about Tulsa, Oklahoma to its terminus at Santa Monica, California) Today's Interstate Highways have cut the driving time down considerably, but, as this book shows so well, that which has been sacrificed for speed is an experience of place and people that is irreplaceable.
Even today, when I think of Arizona, I can't picture it without the series of Jack Rabbit signs along westbound Route 66. As I remember them, the first inkling of things to come was a small sign along the roadside with a small, black, long-eared jack rabbit on it. No information, just a lonely little jack rabbit. After another 10 miles or so, there was another one, only a little bigger, then another and another, each a little bigger than the previous one. Eventually, you came upon the sign shown on page 186; still just a jack rabbit only much larger, and now with the words, "Next Exit." No other words, just "Next Exit." Finally, one last sign as shown on page 187, this one billboard size, a huge black jack rabbit and the words "HERE IT IS." Then "IT" came into sight: The Jack Rabbit Trading Post in Joseph City, AZ, as shown on pages 186-187. A huge Jack Rabbit stood on the roof. After having your curiosity piqued for a hundred miles or so, how could you not stop? This is the kind of memory that is brought back by the illustrations on almost every page of the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A lyric journey with 66's poet laureate May 9 2002
If you ever wanted to make a real journey to a place that's both real and imagined, a place in your heart as much as in your geography, and if that place happens to be Route 66, take this book.
Michael Wallis is the unofficial poet laureate of 66 and this book reflects exactly what the Mother Road meant to America and can mean to you. He's covered every inch of it, and he knows where it leads.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
MIchael and Suzanne have done the best job of capturing why so many people are still fascinated by a ribbon of concrete that didn't even cross the entire continent. As he so eloquently states, it's not the road, its the people along the road. This is a must read, not just for all Mother Road fans, but for anyone who is interested in a genuine slice of Americana.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Real 66 Aug. 15 2001
A really fantastic book that tellsthe story of this famous road. It'svery well written and the images arewhat I remember as a child riding inmy father's '41 Cadillac with a canvas water bag on the front of the car and a swamp cooler hooked to thepassenger window. Tulsa to Los Angeles was our route on Route 66.Michael and Suzanne Wallis really know their stuff!
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