Bev Doolittle

by Elise Maclay

Can you tell from the cover why she’s called “the camouflage artist”? Look at her paintings, mostly watercolors of the American West, from a distance and you will see things hidden when they’re right under your nose.

L.A. Birdmen, West Coast Aviators and the First Airshow in America

by Richard J. Goodrich

This small book could have had any number of titles. The story really begins in San Francisco, and years before the 1910 L.A. Meet. The Wright Bros mainly come off as obstructionists. From pilots to makers to business groups, conflict abounds. Happy reading.

Cadillac 1970–1979, An Era of American Automotive Opulence

by Robert S. Newbrough

Once upon a time, owning a Cadillac was a big deal. The decade being visited here definitely qualifies but US emissions and safety regulations plus shifting consumer preferences meant big, comfortable cruisers were on their way out.

Razzle Dazzle, United States Navy Ship Camouflage in World War I

byJames H. Bruns

You may look at a bedazzled ship and wonder, What’s the Point? Doesn’t it draw more attention now? Unlike straight-up camo, it’s not about blending in but obscuring the target’s distance and shape as well as speed and heading.

Sailing the Sweetwater Seas

Wooden Boats and Ships on the Great Lakes, 1817–1940

by George D. Jepson

No railroad lines to speak of, no roads worth the name, the automobile is a long way off. How do we get around? More importantly, how does a young nation, just coming out of the War of 1812, move goods around?

Stile Ducati: A Visual History of Ducati Design

Various authors

The book celebrates the 90th anniversary of a firm that has been making bikes for more than half a century. Nineteen are featured here, mostly in detail photos.

1 of 1 Muscle Cars: Stories of Detroit’s Rarest Iron

by Wes Eisenschenk

Some cars were only ever built as a singular specimen, others ended up solo acts because no other survivors are known. Either way, chances of seeing one in the wild are slim so this book brings 37 examples to you.

Rising Ground and No Room to Turn, A Biography 

by Vivien Eyers

When you design, build, and fly your own aircraft—especially if they were never certified—you’ll have some stories to tell. While the protagonist really had no inclination to do that he left enough material behind for his sister to give it a whirl.

Nash-Healey, A Grand Alliance

by Nikas and Chevalier

If you know the marque, you know that there has not been a prior book. If you don’t, this one will take you into a much deeper rabbit hole than just those cars. And if you appreciate intelligent writing and good design you will see here just how much is achievable.

The Evolution of Automotive Technology: A Handbook

by Gijs Mom

Different cultures produce different tech. What?? That’s just one of the points this academic text makes, enlisting 125 years of global automobile history to describe the mutually dependent development of technology and society. From engineering to driver behavior, nothing escapes scrutiny.

The Avro Shackleton: The Long-Serving ‘Growler’

by Jason Nicholas Moore

The Shack is indeed named after the polar explorer because they both went on far-away and long-lasting missions to inhospitable places. It entered service in 1951 and stuck around for 40 years and of all the books about it, this is the most comprehensive.

McLaren: The Road Cars, 2010–2024

by Kyle Fortune

Most carmakers build road cars to finance their racing effort. McLaren went the other way. With full access to their archives and personnel, along with driving impressions by automotive journalists, this book seems to tick so many boxes that even company insiders say they learned something.