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John Deere: A History of the Tractorby Randy Leffingwell
Synopses & Reviews
For over 150 years, John Deere & Company has set the bar for tractor design and ingenuity. Not only is it one of the most successful companies in American history, John Deere has revolutionized agriculture throughout the worldand its green and gold logo has become a symbol of quality and durability over the decades.
Acclaimed author and photographer Randy Leffingwell uses his unique brand of storytelling to chronicle this amazing company and the machines that have carried its distinctive green and yellow livery. With details gathered from exclusive interviews and access to John Deere’s company archives, Leffingwell searched out collectors with restored tractors, or those in superb original condition, to illustrate his text with over 300 beautiful color photographs. Also throughout the book are a number of archival photographs and exclusive never-before-seen drawings and writings from the journals of Theo Brown, head of Deere’s Plow Works experimental division from 1916 to 1952, as well as other key figures in John Deere's history through the last century.
For any fan of John Deere tractors or the history of farming in America, this officially-licensed book is a fantastic journey of an icon over 150 years in the making, now available in a quality trade paperback.
About the Author
Award-winning writer and photographer Randy Leffingwell combines his fascination for all things mechanical with a gift for language and a photographic eye honed by his years as a staff photographer for the Los Angeles Times to create fascinating and beautifully illustrated books about cars, motorcycles, and tractors. His first book with MBI Publishing Company was American Tractor, a book published in the 1980s and still one of the company’s bestselling titles to date.
Table of Contents
A wary management faces the future, 1912-1915 — Halting missteps lead to innovation, 1915-1916 — In the beginning there was Dain, 1916-1918 — Business progress is not always technological advance, 1918 — The indomitable Henry Ford takes the field, 1918-1920 — Mr. Silloway, this is the new tractor you bought, 1920-1925 — Theo Brown's mechanical cultivator, 1925-1929 — A special tractor for every crop and every region, 1929-1935 — Depression and Renaissance, 1930-1937 — A new direction and a new color, John Deere Industrials, 1925-1937 — Henry Dreyfuss, meet Elmer McCormick, 1937-1938 — Making tracks for sandy soils, 1938-1947 — Letter proliferate lines expand, 1937-1938 — Retiring the horse on the small farm, 1937-1946 — Next generation GPs are spelled G and H, 1938-1943 — The experimental meetings, written by Theo Brown, 1920s through 1940s — Enter Dubuque, welcome the M, 1943-1954 — If not Cletrac, then why not Lindeman? 1943-1949 — Not the first diesel, just the most efficient one, 1949-1954 — The alphabet ends with multiples of ten, 1949-1955 — Better and better, 1955-1959 — Deere brings the future to 1960, 1953-1961 — The quest for more power and more features, 1961-1982 — Into the present, into the future, 1983-200?
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