Highway Under The Hudson: A History Of The Holland Tunnel by Robert W. JacksonHighway Under The Hudson: A History Of The Holland Tunnel by Robert W. Jackson

Highway Under The Hudson: A History Of The Holland Tunnel

byRobert W. Jackson

Hardcover | December 1, 2011

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Every year, more than thirty-three million vehicles traverse the Holland Tunnel, making their way to and from Jersey City and Lower Manhattan. From tourists to commuters, many cross the tunnel’s 1.6-mile corridor on a daily basis, and yet few know much about this amazing feat of early 20th-century engineering. How was it built, by whom, and at what cost?  These and many other questions are answered in Highway Under the Hudson: A History of the Holland Tunnel, Robert W. Jackson’s fascinating story about this seminal structure in the history of urban transportation.

Jackson explains the economic forces which led to the need for the tunnel, and details the extraordinary political and social politicking that took place on both sides of the Hudson River to finally enable its construction. He also introduces us to important figures in the tunnel´s history, such as New Jersey Governor Walter E. Edge, who, more than anyone else, made the dream of a tunnel a reality and George Washington Goethals (builder of the Panama Canal and namesake of the Goethals Bridge), the first chief engineer of the project.

Fully illustrated with more than 50 beautiful archival photographs and drawings, Jackson’s story of the Holland Tunnel is one of great human drama, with heroes and villains, that illustrates how great things are accomplished, and at what price.

Title:Highway Under The Hudson: A History Of The Holland TunnelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:December 1, 2011Publisher:NYU PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0814742998

ISBN - 13:9780814742990

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"Historian Jackson provides an excellent history of the Holland Tunnel's politics and planning, 1906-20; its construction, 1920-27; and its operations in the 1930s-40s. He describes in detail the self-serving politics and corruption, particularly of New Jersey's tunnel commissioners in the 1910s-20s... The volume includes photographs of politicians, engineers, and construction, but no tables. The references, bibliography, and index are excellent. There is no comparable book on this tunnel. Summing Up: Highly recommended."-Choice Reviews,