"Car Country offers a valuable historical perspective that is directly related to many pressing contemporary issues."
-Owen D. Gutfreund, author of Twentieth Century Sprawl: Highways and the Reshaping of the American Landscape
"One of the great strengths of the book is Wells's meticulous work in revealing how the institutional, economic, and mental arrangements supporting 'Car Country' were set in place during the interwar years. . . . Wells's book is a remarkable achievement."
"For students and inhabitants of car country, Wells offers a terrific excavation of the sprawlscape that still drives our days."
"A fresh, well-documented history of roadbuilding policies in the United States between 1900 and 1960."
-James M. Rubenstein, Journal of American History
"Relatively few academic geographers have focused their research and publishing directly on the automobile and its geographical implications for life in the United States. Yet nothing over the past century has had a greater effect on America's geography than the public's evolving dependence on the motor car, and, as well, the motor truck. . . . Christopher Wells's opus will excite more geographers to focus on automobility as a fundamental factor underlying the American experience."
-John A. Jackle, The AAG Review of Books
"In Car Country, Christopher W. Wells offers a compelling history of America's signature car-dependent landscapes. With lively anecdotes, effective imagery, and dozens of illustrations, the book also presents an accessible narrative that will help students visualize how Americans gradually and profoundly transformed their nation."
-Michael R. Fine, American Historical Review
"Wells has produced an important and persuasive new chapter in the history of American car culture."
-David Blanke, Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
"[Car Country] is an excellent and needed addition to the still remarkably small literature that explores the combined histories of Americans, automobiles, and the environment."
-Tom McCarthy, The Michigan Historical Review
"Wells argues that in order to understand how automobility has become so deeply 'locked in' to contemporary American society, historians and geographers would do better to focus on the built landscape . . . [Car Country] belongs in the library of anyone interested in transportation, infrastructure, mobility, and land-use in twentieth-century America."
-Ben Bradley, Journal of Historical Geography