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The title itself can be interpreted as "the nation's opinion is divided over these highways". That tells a lot about the socio/political stance of the book.There are tens thousands of miles of highways in the U.S. that are 'divided' with 4 or more lanes, like the Interstates, but are nonaccess-controlled highways that do not meet superhighway standards. There were many such highways built both before and after the Interstate system, so "divided highways" is not a technically proper and specific way to refer to Interstate highways.I don't know if I would call it "anti-road" so much as to say that anti-road themes heavily predominated over pro-road themes. He also made a number of basic factual errors over items where I have local knowledge (see below).His recital of the Eisenhower urban Interstate legend is a whopper all by itself, and he doesn't point to any primary source that would back it up. It's presented as a conversation that took place in a car and remembered by one person. You would think that something of that importance would have been in a presidential news release or some other official presidential publication if it in fact happened. The "Divided Highways" cite says that he was traveling from the White House to Camp David, and they encountered Interstate construction near the edge of D.C. There is no Interstate highway, period, in that part of the city that would have been on the conceivable route northwestward across the western or northern D.C. boundary. That, and the purely anecdotal nature of the alleged incident, shows that this smacks of historical revisionism.
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