This brief text examines the central role of the automobile in American life in the late twentieth-century. Synthesizing and discussing the most insightful monographs written about the automobile, Mark Foster provides students with an enlightening history of one of America's most recognizable contributions to industrialized society. This volume is part of the AMERICA SINCE 1945 series--a collection of brief texts that seek to define the ways in which the United States has changed in the last 50 years.
Introduction. 1. Setting the Stage. 2. A Laborious Reconversion. 3. The Automobile, Suburbia, and the Reshaping of the American Landscape. 4. The Fabulous Fifties and Soaring Sixties. 5. The Automobile, Mass Transit, and Public Policy. 6. The Automobile Culture Under Siege. 7. The Automobile Industry Under Siege. 8.A Remarkable Revival. 9. The Future of the Automobile. Bibliography.