Available now at Prince Books are autographed copies of The Big Roads: The Untold Story of the Engineers, Visionaries, and Trailblazers Who Created the American Superhighways by local author Earl Swift.
Earl Swift is a Virginia-based journalist and has been a Fulbright fellow, PEN finalist and five-time Pulitzer Prize nominee, and has earned a reputation for powerful narrative and scrupulous reporting. His previous books include The Tangierman's Lament, Journey on the James, and Where They Lay. Swift writes for the Virginia-Pilot and lives in Norfolk.
A man-made wonder, a connective network, an economic force, a bringer of blight and sprawl and the possibility of escape--the U.S. interstate highway system changed the face of a continent. The Big Roads charts the creation of these landmark American roads. From the millionaire speed demon who organized the first primitive network of cross-country motor roads, to the cadre of largely forgotten engineers who conceived of the interstates and how they'd work--years before Dwight Eisenhower knew the plans existed--to the protests that erupted when the concrete juggernaut reached the cities--and thousands of people unwilling to be uprooted in the name of progress--The Big Roads follows a winding, fascinating route through twentieth-century American life.