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The Lincoln Highway, 2nd Edition by Brian Butko
The Lincoln Highway across Pennsylvania has something for almost every visitor. Brian Butko has seen, and describes, it all.
The Lincoln enters Pennsylvania from Trenton, NJ across a fragile 19th-century bridge, then approaches Philadelphia on historic Roosevelt Boulevard. From Philadelphia to Lancaster it follows the 18th-century Lancaster Pike, whose mileposts still sit almost unnoticed on the shoulder. Robert E. Lee's troops marched along the Lincoln en route to the Battle of Gettysburg.
From Chambersburg to Ligonier (with the glaring exception of Breezewood), the Lincoln is a driver's road: two lanes, winding up and down hills and through small towns in which time stopped… Read more
Joe DiMaggio : The Hero's Life by Richard Ben Cramer
Joe DiMaggio : The Hero's Life by Richard Ben Cramer
This biography is Joe DiMaggio's worst nightmare come true. Richard Ben Cramer, a Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist, has stripped the layers of myth from an image DiMaggio spent 65 years creating. Joe did a spectacular job -- who else could have inspired major works by both Ernest Hemingway and Paul Simon? -- but the truth is now out.
Cramer depicts DiMaggio's air of Olympian detachment as the product of shyness coupled with an iron determination never to be humiliated or ridiculed. Nobody worked so hard to make baseball look so easy, and, regrettably, few have followed Joe D.'s example of retiring as soon as he couldn't be "Joe DiMaggio" any more. Cramer's especially… Read more
The American Motel by Michael Witzel
The American Motel by Michael Witzel
The prolific Michael Karl Witzel, whose past works include similar volumes about diners, gas stations, drive-ins and Route 66, now focuses on "The American Motel."
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… Read more