Route 66 Missouri Joe Sonderman (Schiffer Publishing; $24.99)

book-reviews_route_66_missouriJoe Sonderman has turned out a nice addition to the annals of Route 66 history.

His book is a good overall history of the highway as it was developed through the state of Missouri, the first state to erect a historic highway marker. Then and now photos, as well as the original 1926 state map, are sprinkled throughout the text. Yet the highlights of the book are the many vintage postcards, a marketing tool for the highway as well as the businesses along the route. The Ghost Section is interesting, detailing the area south of Springfield, where my family originates. My only quibbles with the book are the lack of an index and of regional maps, which any travel book should include.

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