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"Extensively researched, cleverly structured, and finely written, this book stands out for the way it provides an integral, comprehensive account of a key urban service."

"In this superbly-written book, Zachary Schrag... explains how this achievement came about and what its impact is... A joy to read."

"The author makes us privy to the thinking that went into the system's design."

"Schrag does a thorough job with his subject."

"A timely look at how the Metro got where it is today."

"It's a fascinating look at a modern transit triumph."

"A graceful, fact-packed history of the genesis, development, and current state of the Washington Metro system."

"The Great Society Subway is a great book for students of contemporary transit history."

"An excellent book... a welcome and readable addition to the literature of how we construct the societies we inhabit."

"An exhaustively researched, engagingly written study of the planning, designing, building, and operating of the Washington Metro."

"[Schrag] shows the interrelationship of citizens' hopes and fears, visionaries' ideas, politicians' need to succeed, engineers' practical requirements, and the ebb and flow of affecting events over time. It is a fascinating story well told... a love story by an historian for his city and its people."

"A masterful new book... Schrag's The Great Society Subway gives an eloquent and hopeful explanation of how this marvelous system came to be, and backs it up with an enormous amount of evidence and keen historical perspective."

"A meticulously researched account."

"Schrag has written a valuable study of the role of infrastructure in shaping the modern, urban world, and he aptly shows both the possibiities and limitations of major public investments... insights especially illuminating."

"A welcome and readable addition to the literature of how we construct the societies we inhabit."

"Without question high drama... I strongly recommend that you put down the latest Baldacci mystery and ready this very well written, comprehensive, and entertaining book... one terrific book that belongs on lots of shelves, from planners to historians to rail buffs to politicians."

"A remarkable book. It has drama, it has pathos, it has passion, it has literary grace."

"In clear and engaging prose, Schrag interweaves facts with a wide range of pragmatic, political, and aesthetic matters with discussions of those who posed and resolved the issues."

"In clear and engaging prose, Schrag interweaves facts with a wide range of pragmatic, political, and aesthetic matters with discussions of those who posed and resolved the issues."

"A masterful work of urban policy history, The Great Society Subway tells the inside story, from idea to reality, of the development of the Washington Metro from the perspectives of all the key players. There's nothing like it available."