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Rugh's subject, perhaps best immortalized by the Griswold family in the film National Lampoon--s Vacation, is the family road trip. . . . A valuable addition to the study of 20th-century popular culture and history.--Library JournalRugh treats this period of post-World War II innocence--or Cold War escapism--with a healthy revisionism minus any smudge of sepia sentimentality. . . . Smart and sensitive, well researched and no-nonsense, her ride is well worth taking.--The AtlanticA fascinating exploration of excursions from 1945 to the 1970s.--Washington PostA captivating and provocative read. . . . Of particular interest is Rugh's argument that the family vacation represented a space for character building and patriotic affirmation--something akin to reading Frederick Jackson Turner's frontier thesis while cruising Route 66. One thing is certain: this book makes a convincing case for the centrality of the road to American culture.--American Historical ReviewRugh's lively and enlightening book connects tourism to broader themes, including the history of consumption, consumer culture, civil rights, and family history. Perhaps its greatest contribution is its reconstruction of the experiences of African American tourists, which undercut any perceptions of tourism as a carefree adventure.--Western Historical QuarterlyRugh does an excellent job of contextualizing family vacations by explaining the factors that made them possible in a way that is both intuitive and intellectually satisfying. . . . Innovative and insightful.--Journal of American HistoryAccessible to the general reading public and of value to scholars, Rugh's book can also be readily incorporated into courses in history or American studies at both the undergraduate and graduate level.--Technology and Culture
Superb! Filled with wonderful images, Rugh's study is exceptionally detailed, extremely well researched and subtly informed by theory rather than driven by it. A well-written and reader-friendly history of a familiar but fascinating subject. I can't wait to own this book!--Karal Ann Marling, author of As Seen on TV: The Visual Culture of Everyday Life in the 1950s

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