Engines of Change: A History of the American Dream in Fifteen Cars (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, May 1, 2012 - Transportation - 416 pages
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A narrative like no other: a cultural history that explores how cars have both propelled and reflected the American experience— from the Model T to the Prius.

From the assembly lines of Henry Ford to the open roads of Route 66, from the lore of Jack Kerouac to the sex appeal of the Hot Rod, America’s history is a vehicular history—an idea brought brilliantly to life in this major work by Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Paul Ingrassia.

Ingrassia offers a wondrous epic in fifteen automobiles, including the Corvette, the Beetle, and the Chevy Corvair, as well as the personalities and tales behind them: Robert McNamara’s unlikely role in Lee Iacocca’s Mustang, John Z. DeLorean’s Pontiac GTO , Henry Ford’s Model T, as well as Honda’s Accord, the BMW 3 Series, and the Jeep, among others.

Through these cars and these characters, Ingrassia shows how the car has expressed the particularly American tension between the lure of freedom and the obligations of utility. He also takes us through the rise of American manufacturing, the suburbanization of the country, the birth of the hippie and the yuppie, the emancipation of women, and many more fateful episodes and eras, including the car’s unintended consequences: trial lawyers, energy crises, and urban sprawl. 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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His research is, as usual, impressive. - Goodreads
The premise endured to the ending chapter on the Prius. - Goodreads
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User Review  - Nate Briggs - Goodreads

I'm often startled by how old I am, so I was surprised that - with the exception of the Model T and the LaSalle - I remember the introduction of all these cars. I was excited by the idea of this book ... Read full review

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Loved it and this book is not just for those who love cars. Read full review

Contents

A Bolshevik Boy Escapes the Nazis
31
Style Status and the Race
57
The Long and Winding
81
The Chevy Corvair Makes Ralph Nader Famous
111
The Youth
141
The Brief but Glorious Reign ofohn Z DeLorean
163
Godzilla Mr Thunder
191
Soccer Moms and a um Driving Force
219
The Rise of the Yuppies
241
From War to Suburbia or How to Look
265
Cowboys Country Music
289
An Innovative Car the Prius Its Insufferable Drivers
313
Afterword
341
Acknowledgments
347
Selected Bibliography
373
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About the author (2012)

Paul Ingrassia, formerly the Detroit bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal and later the president of Dow Jones Newswire, is the deputy editor-in-chief of Reuters. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1993 (with Joseph B. White) for reporting on management crises at General Motors, he is the author of Crash Course: The American Automobile Industry’s Road from Glory to Disaster.

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