From Publishers Weekly
Morris's ingenious and diverting novel of the automobile industry of the 1950s is a collage of pop-cultural referents and icons.
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From Library Journal
General Motors general manager Ted Mackey plans to make 1954 the year he moves Buick into third place in automotive popularity. His campaign includes espionage, media manipulation, and dealer pressure, but when the 500,000th Buick rolls off the assembly line into the driveway of a crippled vet, Ted's wunderkind status will be assured. The author, a columnist for the Greensboro (N.C.) News and Record , illustrates the era's vitality with such cultural milestones as Elvis's first record and Ray Kroc's discovery of McDonald's hamburgers, but also notes the down side of this progress-driven society: gas-guzzling cars, overindulgence in alcohol and tobacco, the threat of The Bomb. From the inaugural 1954 Buick Century commercial on the New Year's Day Rose Bowl telecast to the Levittown delivery by Neal Cassady and Jack Kerouac of the 500,000th car sold, this first novel takes a joyride through the social and cultural landscape of America. Motor City is highly recommended for all libraries. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 2/1/92.- Dan Bogey, Clearfield Cty. P.L. Federation, Curwensville, Pa.
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