Item description for The Great Book of Automobiles by M. Bowler...
As a symbol, more than almost any other invention, the automobile has come to represent the 20th century and its technological and commercial evolution. The automobile captures and reflects the great changes that took place during 100 tumultuous years. This lavishly illustrated volume brings together three prestigious works dedicated to the automobile and its history (Convertibles, Classic Cars, and Motor Racing), focusing on the protagonists of the century. It tells the stories of the events and people that have turned exciting auto races into world-famous occasions, and it illustrates and discusses some of the symbols of world motoring. From flights of fancy to the road, this volume is a collection of images and texts that describe the meeting point of technology, art, beauty, and adventure.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 14.2" Width: 10.5" Height: 1.8" Weight: 10.55 lbs.
Release Date Nov 27, 2004
Publisher White Star
ISBN 8854400122 ISBN13 9788854400122
Reviews - What do customers think about The Great Book of Automobiles?
Great! Apr 22, 2008
I read 1/2 of this book sitting in a book shop in Canada on holiday. I was so impressed. I asked my mom to find it for me cheaper, it was 60 dollars Canadian :( She found it here and bought it for me. I have now purchased it for my father for his birthday. Yes, this books is that good! It is the perfect book for any car nut!
Lavish, well-written and it weighs ten pounds! Apr 21, 2005
Yes, this book really is that heavy and it is really very good. The pages are lavishly laid out, the text is readable (though translated from Italian with a few errors) and the photos are breath-taking.
Hoewever, here's why it's not a five star book: the authors strongly favor the European automobile tradition to the point that the American cars are almost entirely dismissed out of hand. After seemingly endless pages devoted to all manner of continental models, the chapter on modern American ragtops is titled "Too many Targas". Too bad the American car industry is so minor.
Buy his book, stare in wonder at the creations men have wrought for the past hundred years, but don't read the text too closely if you care about our American auto tradition.