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Motor City Paperback – November 1, 1993


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 337 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (November 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671868136
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671868130
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #526,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alfie Elkins on February 20, 2001
Format: Paperback
Eight years ago I was lucky enough to chance upon a novel called 'Biography Of A Buick' by a writer called Bill Morris, published in England by Penguin Books. I found myself absolutely enthralled by the book and recomended it to friends and family - I also bought several copies for friends who were too lazy to take up my recomendation. It took me about another five years to discover that the book was originally released in the USA under the title 'Motor City' and another couple still to track down a copy of the subsequent novel 'All Souls Day', which I am currently reading. 'Motor City' has stayed in my mind for the best part of a decade - and a book has to be pretty special to create that kind of impact on a reader! I can only think that the critical review below must been written by someone who was reading a completely different book! And as America is a pretty small place, if you're reading this Bill, let me know when your next book is out!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charles Slack on July 6, 1999
Format: Hardcover
The 50s may or may not have really been like this, but what Bill Morris does is capture the romantic image that we cherish about the '50s -- especially those of us (including the author) who weren't around to experience them. We're talking about a romantic, optimistic portrayal of a youthful vigorous America, in which the men look like Rock Hudson, the women like Sandy Dee. The novel sparkles like a chrome bumper on one of the brand new Buicks rolling off the assembly line. It has the cool bite of a dry martini. Morris's obvious research of, and affection for, the age and the automobile industry adds to the experience. A first-rate first novel, one that I keep hoping to see adapted as a movie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William A. Lashley on March 4, 2013
Format: Paperback
Bill Morris is a funny guy, and this romp through a torrid love affair set in the auto design department of Buick during the mid 1950s is as sleek and bold as a Dagmar bumper guard. Published in England by Penguin Books as 'Biography Of A Buick', the book veers, skids and accelerates through a name checked pantheon of the period's hot and cool icons before bearing down on the beast inside the machine back in Detroit. Back then they made cars fast and sexy, so beat it on down the line and get a copy of 'Motor City' to get fast and sexy your own self!
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