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Engines of Change : A History of the American Dream in Fifteen Cars

ISBN: 9781451640649 | 1451640641
Edition: Reprint
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pub. Date: 5/14/2013

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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 experiencefrom 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 who glorified them, America's history is a vehicular historyan idea brought brilliantly to life in this major work by the acclaimed author of Crash Course. One of the nation's most eloquent and impassioned car writers, Paul Ingrassia offers a wondrous epic through the stories of 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.

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