Hey! I Wrote A Book!

January 29, 2007

Last Three Miles

Coming in June from The New Press — my first book.

It’s called The Last Three Miles: Politics, Murder, and the Construction of America’s First Superhighway. It’s a nonfiction book, but it has all the thrills and chills of a novel. Corruption! Political deals! Technological transformation! Political bosses! And, last but not least, traffic engineering!

But you don’t have to take my word for it. Listen to these guys:

“The Last Three Miles is an adroit blend of the historical lore surrounding one of the first great road building projects in modern America, intertwined with the legendary exploits of the corrupt machine politician through whose turf the Pulaski Skyway marched. Hart’s narrative is as authoritative as it is enjoyable and illuminating.”

Les Standiford

Author of Meet You in Hell and Last Train to Paradise.

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“Steven Hart’s The Last Three Miles provides a revealing look into how local politics can affect the design and construction of our national infrastructure, sometimes with disastrous results. Hart uses his considerable narrative talent to tell an engaging human story about what might seem otherwise to be but an enormous black steel structure looming over the New Jersey Meadowlands.”

Henry Petroski

Aleksandar S. Vesic Professor of Civil Engineering and Professor of History, Duke University; author of Engineers of Dreams and Success through Failure.

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“For anyone who’s ever wondered about the magical highway that floats above the swamps of Jersey, The Last Three Miles offers a page-turning, backroom account of what is now the backdoor to Hoboken and Manhattan beyond. Steven Hart’s meticulously researched book pushes a reader along as swiftly as a sedan crossing the Pulaski at midnight, and exposes all those dark shadows that our headlights hint at but never reveal. In other words, Steve: great fucking book.”

Christian Bauman

Author of The Ice Beneath You and Voodoo Lounge.

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“A richly detailed picture of the Pulaski Skyway, one of the enduring features of the New Jersey landscape. This elevated viaduct crossing both the Hackensack and Passaic rivers can be considered America’s first cosmic highway. Steven Hart’s enthusiastic account is full of insiders’ details. Anecdotal and witty, the book is wonderfully informative for all those who hope to understand this important physical structure.”

Angus Kress Gillespie

Author, Twin Towers

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So, you ask: Where can I pre-order this thing? You know what to do. Just click here.

5 Responses to “Hey! I Wrote A Book!”

  1. Caveat Says:

    Congratulations! You do have considerable narrative talent and I hope your books sells lots of copies.

    Good reviews too.

  2. geoff Says:

    Excellent! I look forward to it.

  3. Django Says:

    Being that I was born in Hoboken, spent the first 3 years of my life in Jersey City and grew up visiting aunts, uncles, grandparents and cousins in Hudson, the Pulaski Skyway has always loomed large in my consciousness. This sounds to me like a must-read.

  4. Alex Says:

    Thank You


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