The Life of the Automobile: The Complete History of the Motor Car

The Life of the Automobile The Complete History of the Motor Car The Life of the Automobile is the first comprehensive world history of the car The automobile has arguably shaped the modern era profoundly than any other human invention and author Steven Parissien

  • Title: The Life of the Automobile: The Complete History of the Motor Car
  • Author: Steven Parissien
  • ISBN: 9781250040633
  • Page: 268
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Life of the Automobile is the first comprehensive world history of the car.The automobile has arguably shaped the modern era profoundly than any other human invention, and author Steven Parissien examines the impact, development, and significance of the automobile over its turbulent and colorful 130 year history Readers learn the grand and turbulent history of thThe Life of the Automobile is the first comprehensive world history of the car.The automobile has arguably shaped the modern era profoundly than any other human invention, and author Steven Parissien examines the impact, development, and significance of the automobile over its turbulent and colorful 130 year history Readers learn the grand and turbulent history of the motor car, from its earliest appearance in the 1880s as little than a powered quadricycle and the innovations of the early pioneer carmakers The author examines the advances of the interwar era, the Golden Age of the 1950s, and the iconic years of the 1960s to the decades of doubt and uncertainty following the oil crisis of 1973, the global mergers of the 1990s, the bailouts of the early twenty first century, and the emergence of the electric car.This is not just a story of horsepower and performance but a tale of extraordinary people of intuitive carmakers such as Karl Benz, Sir Henry Royce, Giovanni Agnelli Fiat , Andr Citro n, and Louis Renault of exceptionally gifted designers such as the eccentric, Ohio born Chris Bangle BMW and of visionary industrialists such as Henry Ford, Ferdinand Porsche the Volkswagen Beetle , and Gene Bordinat the Ford Mustang , among numerous other game changers.Above all, this comprehensive history demonstrates how the epic story of the car mirrors the history of the modern era, from the brave hopes and soaring ambitions of the early twentieth century to the cynicism and ecological concerns of a century later Bringing to life the flamboyant entrepreneurs, shrewd businessmen, and gifted engineers that worked behind the scenes to bring us horsepower and performance, The Life of the Automobile is a globe spanning account of the auto industry that is sure to rev the engines of entrepreneurs and gearheads alike.
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    • Jimmy Stewart says:

      Finished it last night. Must temper my former praise for the book for the following reasons:1. Many typo errors; grammar errors; duplicate words in sentences; etc. Editor must not have spell check on his/her computer.2. I am not knowledgeable about very early auto companies/cars, especially in Europe. However, I am above average in knowledge of US companies/cars, especially post WWII. In this era, I found egregious errors by the author. For example: a. he said the hydromatic suspension was intro [...]

    • Rey Dekker says:

      This is a monster of a book and, aside from a few missed details, a comprehensive tale of the automobile. Particularly interesting were the details surrounding WWI & WWII and how automobile manufacturers and designers (Porsche) tip-toed around controversies regarding their complicity; some did it well, others, not so much. Mind-boggling detail (400+ pages) and a number of marks I knew nothing about. Be sure to access google for names and models and years of cars as you go along. The oddly qu [...]

    • Fred says:

      This is actually a very poor/dangerous book, in that it looks plausible, and covers a lot of ground, but it is RIDDLED with inaccuracies, glib glosses, and outright errors, not to mention piss-poor editing (including some sentences [particularly in the final third of the book - editing fatigue?] which make no sense at all due to an utter lack of grammatical construction). Basically, this is the -level history of the automobile industryd just about as trustworthy as a middlebrow historical subjec [...]

    • Amanda says:

      I didn't really become a "car person" until I got married, and even then, technical manuals have never been my thing. Luckily, this is not a technical book. Instead, this is a highly entertaining history of the motor industry, the people behind that industry, and the ways that industry and its people affected and changed culture in general. The writing is smooth and easy to read, and the author makes things easy for the layperson to understand without being condescending. All in all, a fun, info [...]

    • Tim Smith says:

      I was disappointed: poor narrative flow, inaccuracies, and way too Anglo-centric.

    • Bill Yancey says:

      Great book. Documents the entire history of the automobile from the exciting "new" technology days to the present and all the political and world changing results of its invention. The only suggestion I would make is that you have access to the internet while you read it, so you can see pictures of all the automobiles the author didn't include. That would have added another 1000 pages, probably.

    • Dave says:

      Starts out quite interesting, shrivels a bit towards the end.

    • Dave says:

      This book contained a lot of interesting information about the early history of automobile industry. For example, the story of how a British military officer kept VW alive after WWII was good and the description of various early cars sent me off to Google Images to see what he was talking about. It also contained a lot of information about the careers of various designers, which was interesting. His description of the lives and deaths of various auto makers is interesting, but it is scattered th [...]

    • Mark says:

      There are few inventions which have done more to define our lives today than the automobile. Because of this, any understanding of the modern world requires understanding the car and how it has changed our lives. Yet for all the promise of its subtitle, Steven Parissien doesn’t do this. His book is not so much a history of the automobile as it is a history of the companies that manufactured them. He provides numerous summaries of the lives of the executives and descriptions of some of the key [...]

    • Iantha says:

      Not the easiest read--lots of jumping around chronologically--but I can forgive that because Parissien packed so much information in these pages. A great overview of the history of the automobile, this book would be most fun for someone who already knows a fair amount about cars. The overview was great for me who am fairly ignorant, but my ignorance made for the more difficult read. I was fascinated by the constancy of the peaks and valleys in the auto industry over the past century, and I was p [...]

    • Stephanie Hatch says:

      This book is boring. That is not to say I didn't learn anything from it but it was horribly dry and dull. The wording often trips over itself trying to get the story out and the large scope makes things especially fractured. It got too close to current events and as this is now 2016 not 2013 some of the things it discusses at the end are void. The authors favorite words are either embryonic, ______-cum-_________, or exhumed. There was no ending the text just stopped.

    • Brian says:

      A highly intriguing subject, but the writing style and organization suffers from being too predictable. The author draws some connections between culture and the automobile industry, but I felt that he merely glossed over it, which was rather disappointing given the fact that it was one of the stated objectives of the book.

    • Alden says:

      The author is a PhD, and a museum curator, and it shows. 400 pages of almost excruciatingly detailed history of the automobile, from the Benz Patent Motorwagen in 1885 to the Chevy Volt of 2010. It's not a bad read, but there is just so much of it.

    • Alan says:

      Comprehensive and enjoyableThis book is well written in a relaxed style which assisted comprehension of the many facts. Remembering cars as they had their histories described was an enjoyable aspect.

    • Andy says:

      I guess given the title I expected something more than a dry regurgitation of facts (some erroneous) about automobiles, companies, and the men at the top who run them. I kept hoping it would improve, but overall it was a pretty dull read.

    • Dave says:

      Overall, a decent book on the history of the automotive industry, with a focus on Britain. But who the hell proofread the manuscript? Dodge was not owned by GM in the 21st Century and the Lordstown plant has never been in Pennsylvania.

    • D. says:

      Fantastic. A little Anglo-centric, and a few possible errors, but what a great read!

    • James says:

      For a complete novice when it comes t cars a fun overview of the automobile, the visionaries and car makers.

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