More Than Automobiles: The Packards of Warren, Ohio
by A.J. Balfour
Who was the first female FBI agent? Would you have known it was a Packard? Written by a longtime Packard enthusiast, the book follows two generations of Packards, using many previously unpublished images.
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.
Spellbinder, The Life of James J. Nance
by Stuart R. Blond
If the name of James Nance brings to mind “Studebaker Packard,” it’s not usually in a friendly way. He had the misfortune of presiding over the ambitious automaker’s final years—and is often enough blamed for them. There’s never been a book written about his working and personal life until now so be prepared to reevaluate that assessment.
A Grand Complication
by Stacy Perman
This gripping social commentary and fine character study pins two men against each other who yearn to add the most complicated watch ever to their collections.
MotorBinder: Classic Photographs from the Golden Age of Motor Racing
by Roy Spencer
Not just another catch-all generic photo book! This is a story, told in period photos, of mostly west coast racing seen from the perspective of someone who participated fielding his own cars and for-hire drivers.
Automobile Manufacturers of Cleveland and Ohio, 1864–1942
by Frank E. Wrenick with Elaine Wrenick
Automobiles made in Ohio? How about five hundred marques! Ever hear of a Ben-Hur? If not, this book will add a whole new arsenal of automotive minutia to your lexicon.
The V12 Engine
by Karl Ludvigsen
What do a tiny 1.1L motor from 1926 and a monster 112L from 1965 (which actually comprises four engines) have in common? A V12 configuration. How this is possible and why this is desirable—and why it didn’t always work—is the subject of a book first published a decade ago but now thankfully reissued.
Champion of the Lark
by Robert R. Ebert
Clever title: the Champion in 1939 is what informed Churchill’s insistence upon the Lark compact car to guide his company into solvency in the late 1950s. Clever book, too!
The Franklin Automobile Company
by Sinclair Powell
Over 150,000 of this American luxury car with an air-cooled engine were made over its 30-year life span. Today it’s a novelty at best; here’s the full story.
World’s Fastest Four-Engine Piston-Powered Aircraft
by Mike Machat
This super sleek photo recon plane did fly faster, higher, and farther than anything else in the sky but the relentless march of progress sidelined it.
Freedom’s Forge: How American Business Produced Victory in World War II
by Arthur Herman
Two men who never donned a uniform were absolutely critical to America’s dominance in the war. At last here is a book to tell their story and the one of public and private sector cooperation. Don’t think for a moment this is a boring book!
The Lexington Automobile, A Complete History
by Richard A. Stanley
A US marque that had a 17-year run. This is the first book to offer the complete story of the Lexington Motor Company as well as the related Howard and Ansted cars.