The Life of the Automobile: The Complete History of the Motor Car

The Life of the Automobile: The Complete History of the Motor Car

by Steven Parissien

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The Life of the Automobile: The Complete History of the Motor Car 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
A_Sloan More than 1 year ago
Bringing Humanity to History Has anything shaped the modern world more than the creation of the car? Stephen Parissien's The Life of the Automobile: The Complete History of the Motor Car offers a comprehensive look into the past, examining the development of the car over a 130-year span. It covers each decade, beginning with the earliest automobiles and ending with modern auto company bailouts. A car is not simply a machine; it is a creation that took years of dedication and the minds of devoted figures. This book delves into the concepts designed by figures like Karl Benz, Sir Henry Royce, and the visionaries behind Fiat, BMW, Porsche, Ford, and much more. Readers will find a decent combination of quotes and secondary sources from the very first pages that explore "motor mogul" Henry Ford's death to the final pages explaining the bailout. Readers will walk away from this book with the notion that the history of cars mirror the entirety of modern history. Cars have changed the way we find entertainment, the way we do relationships, and even the way we think about war. This "elegant and authoritative" book gives us insight into the many changes prompted by the domination of cars as competitive status symbols and mechanisms of travel. If you do happen to be more of a auto-aficianodo, as a fellow reviewer seems to be, you may also find this book lacking in areas. For further reading, there are many deeper and dorkier texts on cars. A particular favorite of mine is by Allan Girdler, who is both an expert on motor vehicle history and a great writer - check out American Road Race Specials, 1934-70: Glory Days of Homebuilt Racers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The one book I have really wanted in a very long time and I pressume it's amazing