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andlt;Bandgt;A narrative like no other: a cultural history that explores how cars have both propelled and reflected the American experienceand#8212; from the Model T to the Prius.andlt;/Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;From the assembly lines of Henry Ford to the open roads of Route 66, from the lore of Jack Kerouac to the sex appeal of the Hot Rod, Americaand#8217;s history is a vehicular historyand#8212;an idea brought brilliantly to life in this major work by Pulitzer Prizeand#8211;winning journalist Paul Ingrassia. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Ingrassia offers a wondrous epic in fifteen automobiles, including the Corvette, the Beetle, and the Chevy Corvair, as well as the personalities and tales behind them: Robert McNamaraand#8217;s unlikely role in Lee Iacoccaand#8217;s Mustang, John Z. DeLoreanand#8217;s Pontiac GTO , Henry Fordand#8217;s Model T, as well as Hondaand#8217;s Accord, the BMW 3 Series, and the Jeep, among others. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Through these cars and these characters, Ingrassia shows how the car has expressed the particularly American tension between the lure of freedom and the obligations of utility. He also takes us through the rise of American manufacturing, the suburbanization of the country, the birth of the hippie and the yuppie, the emancipation of women, and many more fateful episodes and eras, including the carand#8217;s unintended consequences: trial lawyers, energy crises, and urban sprawl. Narrative history of the highest caliber, andlt;Iandgt;Engines of Change andlt;/Iandgt;is an entirely edifying new way to look at the American story.

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A narrative like no other: a cultural history that explores how cars have both propelled and reflected the American experience— from the Model T to the Prius.

From the assembly lines of Henry Ford to the open roads of Route 66, from the lore of Jack Kerouac to the sex appeal of the Hot Rod, Americas history is a vehicular history—an idea brought brilliantly to life in this major work by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Paul Ingrassia.

Ingrassia offers a wondrous epic in fifteen automobiles, including the Corvette, the Beetle, and the Chevy Corvair, as well as the personalities and tales behind them: Robert McNamaras unlikely role in Lee Iacoccas Mustang, John Z. DeLoreans Pontiac GTO , Henry Fords Model T, as well as Hondas Accord, the BMW 3 Series, and the Jeep, among others.

Through these cars and these characters, Ingrassia shows how the car has expressed the particularly American tension between the lure of freedom and the obligations of utility. He also takes us through the rise of American manufacturing, the suburbanization of the country, the birth of the hippie and the yuppie, the emancipation of women, and many more fateful episodes and eras, including the cars unintended consequences: trial lawyers, energy crises, and urban sprawl. Narrative history of the highest caliber, Engines of Change is an entirely edifying new way to look at the American story.

About the Author

andlt;bandgt;Paul Ingrassiaandlt;/bandgt;, formerly the Detroit bureau chief for andlt;iandgt;The Wall Street Journalandlt;/iandgt; and later the president of Dow Jones Newswire, is the deputy editor-in-chief of Reuters. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1993 (with Joseph B. White) for reporting on management crises at General Motors, he is the author of andlt;iandgt;Crash Course: The American Automobile Industryand#8217;s Road from Glory to Disasterandlt;/iandgt;.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781451640632
Author:
Ingrassia, Paul
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Subject:
Automotive - Domestic - History
Subject:
Automotive - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20120531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2-8pp 4-c inserts;color endpapers
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.12 in

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Product details 416 pages Simon & Schuster - English 9781451640632 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A narrative like no other: a cultural history that explores how cars have both propelled and reflected the American experience— from the Model T to the Prius.

From the assembly lines of Henry Ford to the open roads of Route 66, from the lore of Jack Kerouac to the sex appeal of the Hot Rod, Americas history is a vehicular history—an idea brought brilliantly to life in this major work by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Paul Ingrassia.

Ingrassia offers a wondrous epic in fifteen automobiles, including the Corvette, the Beetle, and the Chevy Corvair, as well as the personalities and tales behind them: Robert McNamaras unlikely role in Lee Iacoccas Mustang, John Z. DeLoreans Pontiac GTO , Henry Fords Model T, as well as Hondas Accord, the BMW 3 Series, and the Jeep, among others.

Through these cars and these characters, Ingrassia shows how the car has expressed the particularly American tension between the lure of freedom and the obligations of utility. He also takes us through the rise of American manufacturing, the suburbanization of the country, the birth of the hippie and the yuppie, the emancipation of women, and many more fateful episodes and eras, including the cars unintended consequences: trial lawyers, energy crises, and urban sprawl. 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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