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 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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"The Ford Model T, Chevrolet Corvette, VW Beetle, Ford F-150, Chrysler minivan, and Toyota Prius are among 15 models that the author says marked important changes in the way Americans relate to their cars. With chapters that build slowly and offer fascinating insider quotes, the author describes the design, engineering, and marketing approaches that made each car successful, as well as the ego clashes and company politics behind that success. This is not a groundbreaking history of American culture over the past 100 years, but car enthusiasts will love the stories and broader context. Smooth-sounding Sean Runnette connects with these narratives in an authentic, low-key way. He's so easy to hear that the occasional phrasing misstep is always forgiven. But with this kind of material, some listeners will wish for a performance that adds more juice to the production. T.W. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"
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