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Drive! : Henry Ford, George Selden, and the race to invent the auto age / [Lawrence Goldstone].

Author/Creator:
Goldstone, Lawrence, 1947- author.
Publication:
New York, NY : Ballantine Books, [2016]
Format/Description:
Book
x, 372 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Edition:
First edition.
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Subjects:
Automobiles -- History.
Automobile industry and trade -- History.
Automobiles -- Design and construction -- History.
Automobile driving -- History.
Transportation, Automotive -- History.
Automobile driving.
Automobile industry and trade.
Automobiles.
Automobiles -- Design and construction.
Transportation, Automotive.
Form/Genre:
History.
Summary:
"A revelatory new history of the birth of the automobile ... [a] true tale of invention, competition, and the visionaries, hustlers, and swindlers who came together to transform the world. In 1900, the Automobile Club of America sponsored the nation's first car show in New York's Madison Square Garden. The event was a spectacular success, attracting seventy exhibitors and nearly fifty thousand visitors. Among the spectators was an obscure would-be automaker named Henry Ford, who walked the floor speaking with designers and engineers, trying to gauge public enthusiasm for what was then a revolutionary invention. His conclusion: the automobile was going to be a fixture in American society, both in the city and on the farm-- and would make some people very rich. None, he decided, more than he. [This book] is the most complete account to date of the wild early days of the auto age ... [and] shows that the creation of the automobile was not the work of one man, but very much a global effort. ... With a narrative as propulsive as its subject, [the book] plunges us headlong into a time unlike any in history, when near-manic innovation, competition, and consumerist zeal coalesced to change the way the world moved."-- Provided by publisher.
Contents:
Prologue: A day in court
Power in a tube
The man who would be king
Made in Germany ...
... Perfected in France
An uneasy romance with the horse
Early Americans
The self-created man
Speed
A road of one's own
The once and future car
Selden redux
Ford begins his alphabet
Man and dog over the Rockies
Willie K. comes home
Collision
Willie K.'s road
Palace coup
The first shot of the revolution
Mr. Selden comes to New York
Ford Motor comes of age
Around the world in 169 days
Ford's phenomenon
False end of a long trail
It's never over ...
Epilogue.
Notes:
Statement of responsibility from the dust jacket.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 355-358) and index.
Other format:
Online version: Goldstone, Lawrence, 1947- author. Drive!
ISBN:
9780553394184
0553394185
9780553394191
0553394193
OCLC:
942744898