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  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Univ of Hawaii Pr (January 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0824833287
  • ISBN-13: 978-0824833282
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.3 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,435,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book is very much at the cutting edge of current scholarship. Besides demonstrating the role of the Japanese military and empire in the early development of the industry, it illuminates the intense competition among motorbike makers in the first decade and a half after the Second World War. - Steven Ericson, author of The Sound of the Whistle: Railroads and the State in Meiji Japan" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Reading this book is a revelation and a thrill. It is an excellent example of business history done right. Alexander’s contribution here is thoroughly original; he gives us a rare look into the experiences of the losers as well as the winners in Japanese business. He will open the eyes of everyone in the field to the significance of the motorcycle industry on Japan's economic and technological development. (William Tsutsui, author of Manufacturing Ideology: Scientific Management in Twentieth-Century Japan) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Charles W. Goad on September 22, 2009
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This is a brilliant book ! I was intially worried that the writing would be bogged down with facts and figures and not much story, boy was I wrong. This book covers it all. It does indeed have many facts and figures, however it has many interesting stories from the men who lived during this era of motorcycle production. The author does a excellent job of keeping the reader wanting to go on to the next chapter. I espicially enjoyed the chapter " The Rise of the Big Four". This book has it all, great inside stories, pictures, charts and graphs, facts and figures, and a history lesson on the Japanese motorcycle buisness. Jeffrey Alexander has written a first of its kind book and deserves much credit !
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Scott Spoerry on May 24, 2011
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I am a motorcyclist...I've owned German motorcycles and Japanese bikes too. I knew the history of the German BMW and Maico machines I've ridden and competed on.

I loved this book. I always knew that the the big four didn't just spring up out of whole cloth. But this book has given me a big chunk of the background I always wanted. On top of that, I find the post war re-industrialization of Japan very interesting. It's often the rebels (Japanese style rebels of course) who make a difference. In case you don't know, the Japanese government was dead set against Toyota building cars, "stick to trucks" they said, and we all know how that came out.
Well, the stories of the individuals who made the Japanese motyorcycle industry come alive and how they managed thru the lack of resources and equipment is a great story too. And just for giggles, although not mentioned in this book, after Honda became a success, the Japanense government told Mr. Honda to "stick with motorcycles" and we all know how that worked out too!
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By Amazon Customer on February 17, 2014
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Excellent story of the rise of the motorcycle industry told by an academic and economist. Not for the light reader. Great amount of detail. You'll know the gory details from start to finish, every bank loan and very economic fumble. Little on the bikes, lots on the business.
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