Archive for Items Categorized 'History', only excerpts shown, click title for full entry.

Ask the Man Who Owns One: An Illustrated History of Packard Advertising

by Arthur W. Einstein Jr.

Even if this book were only about the advertising, as the subtitle suggests, it would be a most interesting addition to the literature because in terms of esthetics and message Packard’s advertising was no less distinctive than its cars and is certainly worthy of an in-depth look.

The Grand Prix Saboteurs

by Joe Saward

The idea of racing drivers having a side gig as secret agents seems the stuff of fantasy—but it really did happen. Telling that story was long overdue—but the book has become a victim of almost two decades worth of research struggling to remain intelligible.

The American Motorcycle Girls

by Cristine Sommer Simmons

Few things are more satisfying to the serious reader than to come across a book that boldly goes where none has gone before. Well and insightfully written, fantastically illustrated, designed with period touches—and not to forget, a really decent price!

Once In a Great City, A Detroit Story

by David Maraniss

Greatness comes before the fall, and Detroit was once great. You’ll wish you’d had the chance to experience it yourself but until it becomes great again, this book will have to suffice.

Legendary Corvettes: ’Vettes Made Famous on Track and Screen

by Randy Leffingwell

Only a handful of GM model names have lived longer—the Suburban (1935) and De Ville (1949) come to mind. The Corvette crossed the million-car threshold way back in 1993 and, with few exceptions, each new iteration adds to the luster of the name.

The Winds of December, Cuba: 1958

by John Dorschner & Roberto Fabricio

Why steer you towards a 35-year-old book? Because Cuba is moving into our consciousness again and this book was then and still is an essential guide to understanding the US–Cuba situation. Also, the same traits that brought Castro to the fore are surely the reason he stayed in power for so long.

Female Tommies: The Frontline Women of the First World War

by Elisabeth Shipton

Why did men not want women in the military? Because it would have given them the right to vote! Perish the thought. But when nations were in danger of perishing, society changed its mind. For a while.

Afghanistan Revealed: Beyond the Headlines

by Caroline Richards & Jules Stewart

Before 9/11 there was 9/9, a day on which an Afghan resistance leader was assassinated. Everyone talks about the one but almost no one about the other, yet the two are inextricably linked.

Anton Romako: Admiral Tegetthoff in the Naval Battle of Lissa

Agnes Husslein-Arco (editor)

Take one look a the cover, consider the time—1880s—and you know there’s a story here. Why was it painted in this modern style, what is it even about, and why did Emperor Franz Josef buy it?

The Bombing of Rolls-Royce at Derby 
in Two World Wars

by Kirk, Felix & Bartnik

Industrial sites are a prime bombing target, so much so that the British set up “shadow” factories to fool the enemy. But the actual R-R works took their share of hits, and here’s their story.

Autowork

by Robert Asher and Ronald Edsforth (Editors) 

What’s life like on the “inside” for the men and women who make cars in the US? From the early days up to the 1980s, these essays paint a not so rosy picture of the conditions at work and, by extension, at home.

The Automobile: A Century of Progress

by James K. Wagner (Coordinator)

Unlike a chronology, this book is written the way a car is engineered: as an overall “system” in which any one part relates to the other.