Top 5 of the informational nonfiction books
I learned so much about something I thought I already knew a lot about.
Learning about John Delorean and how he created the Muscle car.
I do recommend this book. Well written and great narration. You lean about what it took to bring a bunch of great cars to market and the people and times behind the car. Just read it, you will enjoy it.
I have not read the print version.
Ed Cole and his fight to save his reputation over the Corvair.
Yes, when the author pointed out that the two most important cars in American history were the Model T and the Corvair.I owned 3 Corvairs so it was especially moving to hear the car's reputation vindicated on many levels.
The book put me in touch with my roots of the 1950/60s.
I really enjoyed this book because I learned a lot about many cars, the people behind their creation and what impact they had on society. I don't consider myself a huge car enthusiast (although, I do own a restored sports car from the 60's), but there wasn't a single car in this book that I didn't enjoy reading about. It is amazing how cars can define a culture, make or break an economy, and even have an effect on our political system. The only bad thing about this audio-book, is that there are no pictures. I was constantly looking these cars up on-line to see what they looked like. I'm sure this would be a great coffee table book because I'm guessing it has some great pictures.
This is an excellent book. I completely enjoyed it. The author chose cars to tell the history of the last 100 years in America. His book, his perspective, the choices of cars and the story were fantastic. This is a great perspective for anybody who wants to review American culture over the last century.
Paul Ingrassia seemed to be worried that his choices would be argued and in conflict, but I can't think of automobiles that have more of an impact on American culture. more than this Paul delves into the lives of the creators and the stories around them. He pulls all of it together into a tidy little bundle for each one. The book could have easily been twice as long and still not completely explored each of his selections. I would have read the book even if it was twice as long.
This is the best book I have read since "Racing in the Rain." I am completely happy with this book. I love Paul's choices of cars and was fascinated with his telling of the story.
I personally am a big fan of 20th century American history so I enjoyed this book. However, if you are a "car" guy or gal, you may be disappointed with some relatively long dissertations on subjects not related to automobiles.
A different, more enthusiastic moderator.
I found the author's research into aspects of the auto business very entertaining, not to mention the idiosyncratic twists and turns in fortune of various designs.
the interesting vignettes about the cars and their history
this is similar to crash course
there are parts that have to make you laugh out loud
Paul Ingrassia wrote two books. This one and crash course. Crash course has a lot of the same material (even to the point of verbatim repetition). This book covers some of what Crash course covers but more superficially. If you are only going to read one of the two books Paul Ingrassia wrote, read crash course. It covers the history better and the same stories are in that book as well. I really think the author had enough material for a book and a half but wrote two.
One other note. The narrator in this book and crash course reads slowly. I found I was able to play the book at 2x (iphone option but might be on your player as well) and understand it perfectly.
If you're a car fan or a history fan--and especially a fan of car history--this is your book. Well written, nicely researched without ever being tedious, Ingrassa does a great job of connecting memorable automobiles and how they affected mankind and so many cultures. Sean Runnette is a great narrator, too, so it's a pleasure to listen to.
the weaving together of history, cars and their impact on cultures
Most of my reading is history of some sort. This book caught my attention both for its historical/cultural content and because I have a moderate interest in cars. My first car was a 1970 Camaro. I found this book to be very enjoyable, a nice change of pace from my usual reading. Ford enthusiasts will especially appreciate the book as the author seems to me to lean a bit in Ford's favor. Perhaps that's just a reflection of my Chevy bias. I now drive a Silverado and an Impala. Foreign car makers are included as well. The section on the Honda success story was quite good as was that on the Beetle. Even the chapter on the Prius was tolerable (just barely). Highly recommended for a relaxing summer listen on a trip down memory lane, in the car of your choice.