Earl Swift's The Big Roads Book Signing


 Join us Thursday, June 30th, for a book signing with local author Earl Swift. His new book, The Big Roads: The Untold Story of the Engineers, Visionaries, and Trailblazers who Created the American Superhighways, is availble now for purchase at Prince Books. 

About the Book:

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. 

The Big Roads has received favorable reviews from The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post's Jonathan Yardley.


About the Author:

 Earl Swift has written for a living since his teens. Now 52, the Norfolk-based journalist has been a Fulbright fellow, PEN finalist and five-time Pulitzer Prize nominee, and has earned a reputation for powerful narrative and scrupulous reporting.   

Swift wrote for newspapers in St. Louis, Anchorage and, for twenty-two years, in Norfolk, where his long-form features won numerous state and national awards. His stories have also appeared in PARADE, Best Newspaper Writing and River Teeth.   

An avid outdoorsman, Swift has through-hiked the Appalachian Trail, circumnavigated the Chesapeake Bay by sea kayak, and traveled the 435-mile length of the James River by canoe. 

He lives in Norfolk with his 17-year-old daughter, Saylor, and is engaged to Amy Walton of Virginia Beach.


 If you are unable to attend and would like a signed copy, please call to arrange payment.


Event date: 
Thursday, June 30, 2011 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
109 E. Main Street
23510-1613 Norfolk
The Big Roads: The Untold Story of the Engineers, Visionaries, and Trailblazers Who Created the American Superhighways Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780618812417
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) - June 9th, 2011