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Engines of Change: A History of the American Dream in Fifteen Carsby 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 who glorified them, America’s history is a vehicular history—an idea brought brilliantly to life in this major work by the acclaimed author of Crash Course.
One of the nation’s most eloquent and impassioned car writers, Paul Ingrassia offers a wondrous epic through the stories of 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.
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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;.
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