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Professor Tom Lewis is a professor of English at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York, and the author of a number of books, including the subject of this masterclass, Divided Highways: The Interstate Highway System and the Transformation of American Lifewhich was made into an award-winning documentary.This book captivated me; it’s a fascinating, socio-historical look at the US interstate highway system, which Professor Lewis refers to as, arguably, America’s biggest franchise. I thank Professor Lewis, whose book is one of my all-time favourites (among many US history books!) for taking the time to talk with me.If you’ve ever driven on an interstate in the US, or have an interest in transport, history or politics, Professor Lewis’ stories will resonate.Professor Lewis’ coffee: Sumatran coffee.

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