New Book About Cars: Engines of Change

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New Book About Cars: Engines of Change

Post by MSI » Thu May 31, 2012 10:04 am

May 2012: ENGINES OF CHANGE: A History of the American Dream in Fifteen Cars
From Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Paul Ingrassia comes a narrative of America like no other: a cultural history that explores how cars have both propelled and reflected the national experience—from the Model T to the Prius.
  • America was made manifest by its cars. From the assembly lines of Henry Ford to the open roads of Route 66 and Jack Kerouac, America’s history is a vehicular history—an idea brought brilliantly to life in this major work by the acclaimed author of Crash Course: The American Automobile Industry’s Road from Glory to Disaster.
    One of the nation’s most eloquent and impassioned car nuts, Paul Ingrassia offers a wondrous epic in fifteen automobiles, including the VW Beetle, the Chevy Corvair, Robert McNamara and Lee Iacocca’s Mustang, the Pontiac GTO, Honda’s Accord, the BMW 3 Series, and the Jeep, among others. Through them, the author shows us much more than the car’s ability to exhibit the particularly American tension between the lure of freedom and the obligations of utility; he takes us through the rise of American manufacturing, the suburbanization of the country, the birth of the Hippy and the Yuppy, the emancipation of women, and so much more, including the car’s unintended consequences: trial lawyers, energy crises, and pollution. Narrative history of the highest caliber, Engines of Change is an entirely edifying new way to look at the American story.
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Re: New Book About Cars: Engines of Change

Post by MSI » Sun Jun 10, 2012 10:41 pm

June 10, 2012: Just finished reading the book. Excellent excellent book!
Interesting dialog on how many vehicles came to be, with interesting asides and tangents on all the stories, great read.
Highly Recommended!
  • Some of the chapters cover such things as:
    • From the Model T, Henry Ford, & Mass manufacturing to The Lasalle, Alfred Sloan & Mass marketing!
      The Corvette, Playboy and sex appeal
      Beetle Bug,
      Cadillas & the race for the biggest Tail Fin!
      Corvette
      Corvair (and how it made Goerge W President (hint: Ralph Nader, Unsafe at Any Speed, in later years lets his ego get the best of him and runs for President?! in 2000, Nadar got 95,000 votes in Florida, what was the difference between Bush v Gore? , around 1800 votes??!!)
      the Mustang,
      Delorean and the GTO
      Minivans,
      BMW's
      The Jeep
      Ford F-series Pickup (do you know it was the NUMBER ONE SELLING Vehicle for 33 straight years??!! )
      The Prius
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