Editor's Choice

November 03, 1996|By Michael Pakenham

"The National Road," (489 pages. $34.95) and "A Guide to the National Road," (392 pages. $34.95) both edited by Karl Raitz. (Johns Hopkins U. Press). America's first national highway was established by Congress and begun in 1808, a then-amazing commitment to overland transportation from Maryland to Illinois. These two scholarly, eminently readable and inexhaustably interesting volumes examine and relate the entire enterprise from virtually every imaginable vantage point. The "Guide" is especially rich in maps, illustrations and lore of the past and the present.

Pub Date: 11/03/96

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