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Engines Of Change A History of the American Dream in Fifteen Cars (Hardcover)

Author:  Paul Ingrassia
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 1451640633
ISBN-13: 9781451640632
Sku: 223092525
Publish Date: 8/13/2012
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 10H x 7L x 1.25T
Pages:  395
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From Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ingrassia comes an American cultural history that explores how cars have both propelled and reflected the national experience--from the Model T to the Prius.
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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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"Using his nimble narrative gifts, Mr. Ingrassia turns the creation stories behind the Prius and other cars into gripping accounts of how visionary design, corporate competition and inventive engineering combined to produce automobiles that would come to represent an era or a mind-set." - Michiko Kakutani 05/31/2012
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Product attributePublisher:   Simon & Schuster
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