Book of the Month: Atlantic Automobilism

Atlantic Automobilism: Emergence and Persistence of the Car 1895-1940 By Gijs Mom Berghahn Books (2015)   This monumental book recaps the first decades of the personal car. It presents the evolution from its beginning as a toy for the rich and adventurous towards a generalized means of transportation accessible to the masses. It combines various …

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Classic book of the month : The Box

Following our previous post on barrels, here is our classic book suggestion, this time on the shipping container. The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger by Marc Levinson was published in 2006. The book tells the great story Malcom McLean, who perfected the shipping container, the ever …

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Wood, Whiskey and Wine – – – New book review about barrels

 Interesting review by Wayne Curtis in last weekend’s WSJ of a book re a transportation tool we never think of -- the lowly barrel. Before barrels there were amphoras and other crockery for storage, followed by steel drums, sacks and ultimately the container.  The barrel was the standard tool of storage for a period with …

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Quick Book Review – Railtown: The Fight for the Los Angeles Metro Rail and the Future of the City by Ethan N. Elkind

This groundbreaking book presents how Los Angeles, who had previously gone from the largest interurban streetcar networks in the world to total extinction, rebuilt its rail based transit system. The book presents the history of the building of Los Angeles's Subway and Light Rail Network.  By using a mix of game changing interviews with the main …

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Changing Lanes: Visions and Histories of Urban Freeways

Joseph F.C. DiMento and Cliff Ellis have written a book, "Changing Lanes: Visions and Histories of Urban Freeways," that explores how planners, engineers, and other professionals have gradually changed their views about the role of freeways. The book was published in 2012 by MTI Press. Information about the book from the publisher is here.