General Bibliography



If you want to know more about the New Jersey Turnpike, about the role of the automobile in American life, or the history of roads, you may want to consult the following books, articles, and more. Some of these items are in the library of The New Jersey Historical Society, which also holds a variety of primary materials about the New Jersey Turnpike Authority. These include an almost complete run of the Authority's annual reports, selected issues of the employee newsletter (the Pike Interchange), newspaper clippings, photographs, brochures, and postcards, along with a variety of materials donated by former Turnpike Authority employees that are in both the library and museum collections. The Newark Public Library in Newark, New Jersey also has an extensive collection of photographs of the New Jersey Turnpike, as well as related items in its clippings file.

Materials for teachers and children follow the general bibliography. For pertinent websites, go to the Links page.



Gillespie, Angus Kress and Michael Aaron Rockland. Looking for America on the New Jersey Turnpike. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1989.

Kachur, Lewis. Sites/Sights of Passage: Art of the New Jersey Turnpike. Union: Kean University, October 1999. (Catalogue for the exhibition of the same name at the James Howe Fine Arts Gallery, Kean University, October 1999)

Meixner, Arthur. "The New Jersey Turnpike Authority: A Study of a Public Authority as a Technique of Government." Ph.D. dissertation, New York University, 1978.

Shapiro, Arthur. "Turnpike Nostalgia," Findings, A Journal 1991: 48-49.

Snyder-Grenier, Ellen M., with a foreword by Sally Yerkovich. Turnpike Treasures: The Souvenirs and Stuff that Celebrate an American Phenomenon. Newark: The New Jersey Historical Society, 2001.

Westergaard, Barbara. New Jersey: A Guide to the State. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1998. This general guide to New Jersey includes information about the Turnpike and the areas through which it passes.

See the special issue of The New Jersey Historical Society's New Jersey History (Fall/Winter 2000, Volume 118, Numbers 3-4), a compilation of papers delivered at "The New Jersey Turnpike: Exit Into the American Consciousness," a symposium held November 4, 2000 at the Historical Society.



Cranmer, H. Jerome. New Jersey in the Automobile Age: A History of Transportation. Princeton: Van Nostrand, 1964.

Garreau, Joel. Edge City: Life on the New Frontier. New York: Doubleday, 1991.

Goddard, Stephen B. Getting There: The Epic Struggle between Road and Rail in the American Century. New York: Basic Books, 1994.

Jakle, John A., and Keith A. Sculle. Fast Food: Roadside Restaurants in The Automobile Age. Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press, 2002.

Jakle, John A. and Keith A. Sculle. The Gas Station in America. Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press, 1994.

Jennings, Jan, ed., Roadside America: The Automobile in Design and Culture. Ames, Iowa: published by Iowa State University Press, Ames, Iowa, for the Society of Commercial Archeology, 1990.
This book, a compilation of essays, includes a discussion of the idea of "streamlined moderne." See Robert Craig's "Transportation Imagery and Streamlined Moderne Architecture: A Case for a Design Typology," pages 15-28.

Kay, Jane Holtz. Asphalt Nation: How the Automobile Took Over America, and How We Can Take It Back. New York: Crown, 1997.

Leavitt, Helen. Superhighway—Superhoax. New York: Doubleday, 1970.

Lewis, Donald L. and Laurence Goldstein, eds., The Automobile and American Culture. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1983.

Mandel, Leon. Driven: The American Four-Wheeled Love Affair. New York: Stein and Day, 1977.

McShane, Clay. Down the Asphalt Path: The Automobile and the American City. New York: Columbia University Press, 1994.

Nader, Ralph. Unsafe at Any Speed: The Designed-in Dangers of the American Automobile. New York: Grossman, 1965.

Paaswell, Robert E. and Wilfred W. Recker. Problems of the Carless. New York: Praeger, 1978.

Pettifer, Julian and Nigel Turner. Automania: Man and the Motor Car. Boston: Little Brown, 1984.

Rae, John B. The American Automobile. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1965.

Rae, John B. The American Automobile Industry. Boston: Twayne, 1984.

Rae, John B. The Road and the Car in American Life. Cambridge: MIT Press, 1971.

Rajan, Sudhir Chella. The Enigma of Automobility: Democratic Politics and Pollution Control. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1996.

Scharff, Virginia. Taking the Wheel: Women and the Coming of the Motor Age. New York: Free Press, 1991.

On the automotive industry in New Jersey see New Jersey Business, October 1962, January 1967, and February 1975.



U.S. Department of Transportation. America's Highways, 1776-1976. Washington, D.C.: USGPO, 1976.

USDOT. Our Nation's Highways. Washington, D.C.: USGPO, 1992.

USDOT. Toll Roads in the United States. Washington, D.C.: USGPO, 1999.

Bulliet, Richard, ed. The Columbia History of the Twentieth Century. New York: Columbia University Press, 1998.

Finch, Christopher. Highways to Heaven. New York: HarperCollins, 1992.

Foster, Mark S. From Streetcar to Superhighway: American City Planners and Urban Transportation, 1900-1940. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1981.

Hokanson, Drake. The Lincoln Highway: Main Street Across America. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 1988.

Jackson, Kenneth T. Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States. New York: Oxford University Press, 1985.

Lane, Wheaton. From Indian Trail to Iron Horse. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1939.

Lewis, Tom. Divided Highways: Building the Interstate Highways, Transforming American Life. New York: Penguin Books, 1997. The video by the same name combines archival materials, newsreels, and interviews to describe the impact of what has been called the world's largest public works project.

Mumford, Lewis. The Highway and the City. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovitch, 1963.

Patton, Phil. Open Road. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1986.

Seely, Bruce. Building the American Highway System: Engineers as Policy Makers. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1987.



General transportation
Baer, Edith. This Is the Way We Go to School: A Book About Children Around the World. New York: Scholastic Inc., 1990.
Appropriate read aloud for kindergarten through 2nd grade. The book features colorful watercolor paintings of children from diverse cultures and how they travel to school.

Gibbons, Gail. From Path to Highway: The Story of the Boston Post Road. New York: Thomas Crowell, 1986.
Appropriate read aloud or independent reading for 3rd and 4th grade. Colorful illustrations, with maps of different perspectives, about one of the first American roads—The Boston Post Road—and its development from path to highway.

Juster, Norton. The Phantom Tollbooth. New York: Bullseye by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 1989.
Appropriate read aloud for 2nd through 4th grade, independent chapter book reading for 3rd and 4th grades. An adventure book about traveling.

Kalman, Bobbie. Early Travel. New York: Crabtree Publishing Company, 1981.
Appropriate reference book for 3rd grade through middle school. In-depth history on early travel in the United States. Includes a great variety of informative black and white drawings and photographs.

Kohn, Bernice. The Look-It-Up Book of Transportation. New York: Random House, 1968.
Appropriate reference book for grade 3 through high school. An alphabetical, visual encyclopedia giving general, informative information on different modes of transportation.

Wise, William. Off We Go! A Book of Transportation. New York: Parents Magazine Press, 1972.
Appropriate non-fiction read aloud or independent reading for 3rd through 5th grade. An overview of the different ways people travel in the United States and around the world.

Forms of transportation
Apps, Geoff. The Bicycle Book: The Complete Maintenance Guide. New York: Smithmark Publishers, 1993.
Appropriate for secondary level. A color photographic technical guide to maintaining a bicycle.

Asimov, Isaac and Elizabeth Kaplan. How Do Airplanes Fly? Milwaukee: Gareth Stevens Publishing, 1993.
Appropriate for 3rd to 6th grade. Non-fiction independent reading or reference book with color photographs on the scientific explanation of how planes fly.

Cruickshank, Gordon. Cars and How They Work. New York: Dorling Kindersley, Inc., 1992.
Appropriate for 4th grade through middle school. Encyclopedia-organized information explaining the mechanics of how a car works, the history of cars past to present, how to maintain a car, and safety issues.

Dahnsen, Alan. Bicycles. New York: Franklin Watts, 1978.
Appropriate for 3rd through 5th grade. Non-fiction independent reading, with color photographs, mechanical drawings, vintage photographs of bicycle history, maintenance, and safety of riding a bike.

Harding, Mary. All Aboard Trains. New York: Platt & Munk Publishers, 1989.
Appropriate for 2nd through 5th grade as a non-fiction or independent reading or reference book on various trains in the United States and around the world.

Lincoln, Margarette. Amazing Boats. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1992.
Appropriate for elementary ages. Non-fiction, pictorial history about boats.

Reit, Seymour. Sails, Rails and Wings. New York: Golden Press, 1978.
Appropriate for 3rd grade through 6th grade. Non-fiction stories about the history of ships, trains and planes.

Roads and Road Building
Gibbons, Gail. New Road! New York: Thomas Y. Cromwell, 1983.
Appropriate read aloud for kindergarten through 3rd grade. Color, line drawings. Informative, brief, systematic explanation of how a road is constructed. Also suitable for 4th through 6th grade as a helpful explanation with clear diagrams and cross sections of road materials.

Goor, Ron and Nancy Goor. Signs. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1983.
Appropriate for pre-K, kindergarten and 1st grade read aloud. Photographs of signs in their settings; includes matching games, meaning of signs, and opposites.

Gramet, Charles. Highways Across Waterways: Ferries Bridges and Tunnels. New York: Abelard-Schuman, 1966.
Appropriate for 4th grade through middle school. Non-fiction; history of ferries and history and construction of bridges in the United States and around the world.

Hill, Lee Sullivan. Roads Take Us Home: A Building Block Book. Minneapolis: Carolrhoda Books Inc., 1997.
Appropriate for kindergarten through 3rd grade read aloud. Color photography tells a story of how roads developed and how roads are constructed throughout the United States.

Kehoe, Michael. Road Closed. Minneapolis: Carolrhoda Books Inc., 1982.
Appropriate for 3rd through 5th grade. Black and white photographs show construction workers, engineers, equipment used to construct roads and highways.

Kelly, James E. and William R. Park, Sr. The Roadbuilders. Massachusetts: Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, Inc., 1973.
Appropriate for 3rd through 6th grade. Black, white and yellow drawings, in-depth step by step information on how roads are built; includes various jobs and careers in construction, engineering and leadership roles, includes machinery and equipment used, and natural resources used to make roads.

Hennessy, B.G. Road Builders. New York: Viking, published by the Penguin Group, 1994.
Appropriate for pre-K, kindergarten through 2nd grade read aloud. Color illustrated step-by-step story of how a road is made.

Hoban, Tana. Construction Zone. New York: Greenwillow Books, 1997.
Appropriate for pre-K, kindergarten through 2nd grade picture book and reference book on machinery for 3rd grade through secondary levels. Color photographs of machinery in action used for the construction of roads, sidewalks and highways.

Science experiment projects related to transportation
Hodge, Debra. Starting with Science: Simple Machines. Buffalo: Kids Can Press Ltd., 1996.
Appropriate for grades 2 through 6. Suitable book with step-by-step instructions, easy-to-find materials for how to construct simple machines.


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