Engines of Change A History of the American Dream in Fifteen Cars

ISBN-10: 1451640633

ISBN-13: 9781451640632

Edition: 2012

Authors: Paul Ingrassia

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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 DeLorean’s Corvette, 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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List price: $34.99
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/1/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 416
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.606
Language: English

Paul Ingrassia is the former Detroit bureau chief forThe Wall Street Journal. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1993 (with Joseph B. White) for reporting on management crises at General Motors, Ingrassia has chronicled the auto industry for more than twenty-five years. He is co-author, with White, ofComeback: The Fall and Rise of the American Automobile Industry, and has made numerous media appearances on ABC TV'sWorld News TonightandGood Morning America, NPR'sMorning Edition, and other programs. From the Hardcover edition.

When Henry Met Sallie: Car Wars and Culture Clashes at the Dawn of America's Automotive Age
Zora, Zora, Zora: A Bolshevik Boy Escapes the Nazis and Saves the Great American Sports Car
The 1959 Cadillacs: Style, Status, and the Race for the Biggest Tail Fins Ever
Volkswagen's Beetle and Microbus: The Long and Winding Road from Hitler to the Hippies
The Chevy Corvair Makes Ralph Nader Famous, Lawyers Ubiquitous, and (Eventually) George W. Bush President of the United States
Turning a "Librarian" into a "Sexpot": The Youth Boom, the Sixties, and the Making of the Mustang
The Brief But Glorious Reign of John Z. DeLorean and the Pontiac GTO
Ohio Gozaimasu: Godzilla, Mr. Thunder, and How a Little Japanese Car Became America's Big Ichiban
The Chrysler Minivans: Baby Boomers Become Soccer Moms and a, um, Driving Force in American Politics
The BMW 3 Series: The Rise of the Yuppies and the Road to Arugula
The Jeep: From War to Suburbia, or How to Look Like You're Going Rock Climbing When You're Really Going to Nordstrom
The Ford F-Series: Cowboys, Country Music, and Red-Meat Wheels for Red-State Americans
An Innovative Car (the Prius), Its Insufferable Drivers (the Pious), and the Advent of a New Era
Selected Bibliography
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