The Life of the Automobile

The Life of the Automobile

The Complete History of the Motor Car

Book - 2014
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"The car has shaped the modern era more profoundly than any other human invention. Its manufacture introduced mass-production to the world, bringing with it tarmac, suburbs, and car culture. In this comprehensive world history of the most important transport innovation of the modern age, historian Dr. Steven Parissien examines the impact, development, and significance of the automobile over its turbulent and colorful 130-year history. He tells the story of the automobile, and of its creators, from its earliest appearance in the late nineteenth century - as little more than a powered quadricycle - through the mergers and bailouts of the twenty-first century. Readers will learn about Andre Citroen and his Traction Avant of 1934, Ferdinand Porsche and the Volkswagen, Gene Bordinat and the Ford Mustang, among numerous other game changers and iconic vehicles. Bringing to life the flamboyant entrepreneurs, shrewd businessmen, and gifted engineers that worked behind the scenes to bring us horsepower and performance, The Life of the Automobile is a globe-spanning account of the auto industry that is sure to rev the engines of gearheads across the country. But above all, this book illustrates how the epic story of the car mirrors the history of the modern era, from the brave hopes and soaring ambitions of the late eighteen hundreds to the cynicism and ecological concerns we face more than a century later"--
Publisher: New York :, Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press,, 2014
Edition: First U.S. Edition
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781250040633
Branch Call Number: 629.222 P219L
Characteristics: ix, 437 pages ; 25 cm


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Aug 30, 2015

Started reading this but it didn't keep my interest. Never finished.

BCD2013 Jun 12, 2014

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For the car completist, this is a soup-to-nuts (or nuts-to-bolts) history of the development of the automobile. From its start as a glorified bicycle in the 1880s to the development of alternative fuel cars of today, Parissien covers the high points (the “chrome age” in the 1950s) and the low (“the DeLorean”) in this entertaining, enthusiastic history of all-things car.
- Wayne Roylance


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tibailey Jul 11, 2014

Steven does a masterful job of sorting through the massive collection of auto manufacturers telling how they came to be as well as their fall from economic and engineering grace. There are many lessons in here about how to manage in the industrial / high tech age.

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