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American Auto Factory Hardcover – November 14, 2002


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks International; 1st edition (November 14, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760310599
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760310595
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,449,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), March 13, 2006 (combined circ.: 100,000)
“An exciting pictorial jaunt through the history of American automobile manufacturing … If you like cars, you’ll want to add this 192-page, large-format book to your collection.”

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jay Yeager on February 12, 2003
Format: Hardcover
What an amazing collection of pictures detailing the history and evolution of the American automobile. The text in this book is basic support for this massing of pictures of factories that most probably have never heard of, like REO, Overland, Oakland, Marion, Queen, Chalmers, DeVaux-Hall, Ruxton and a great many others, all American companies. At the height of the auto industry boom, prior to the Great Depression, there were over 1,900 manufactures of American automobiles. Also, before the Great Depression, one out of every six people were employed by the auto industry. This book is for the person that knows a great deal about automobiles and would like to go back to the days of Henry Ford, Billy Durant, Walter Chrysler, John and Horace Dodge, Ransom Olds, Louis Chevrolet, Henry Leland, David Buick and all of the other greats that started a passion that would change America and the world forever.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Chris Edwards on April 30, 2007
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This is a great book- meticulously researched with a fine catalogue of images. These boys did their homework and it shows. It would be worth purchasing if only for the very rare early photos of auto factories. If you love auto history you'll want this book in your library.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By BK on July 2, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The American Auto Factory is a historical and sociological look at the development and changes in technology which directly impacted both workers and management told through vivid pictures and concise text. Or so I believed. What was actually there was only partial to my perception. Beyond the vivid and captivating pictures was a very dull and unexciting narrative of the history of the American auto industry. Not that the history itself is uninteresting, rather, it has been told countless times before in numerous books in more detail then provided here. The American Auto Factory should have focused its narrative on the changing conditions and relationship of the men (and eventually women) working in the factories portrayed both through pictures and text. Decade by decade, I expected a discussion on the changes in technology and how it effected workers perceptions and relationships with management, their jobs and each other. Unfortunately the authors decided to provide a simple historical narrative on the auto industries main players, GM, Ford and Chrysler with minor discussion on the independents in the corresponding chapters. Having said all of that, it still doesn't take away from the beautiful pictures included. If the authors did one thing perfectly right, it was to dig up all those archived photos and include them in this book including Diego Rivera's famous (or infamous to some) mural, Detroit Industry. The pictures are wonderful and convey an entrancing story of the auto factory from the way it was to the way it is. Buy this book if you want to be visually captivated at the workers and their machines in the process of creating the automobile. Don't buy it if you want a better understanding at how workers were and still are affected by these same machines.
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