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Small Wonder: The Amazing Story of the Volkswagen Beetle Paperback – January 1, 1965


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  • Series: Volkswagen
  • Paperback: 414 pages
  • Publisher: Bentley Publishers; Reprint edition (January 1, 1965)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0837601479
  • ISBN-13: 978-0837601472
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,363,826 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"For fans of the real Beetle, the '30s through the '60s are the important part of the company's history . . . Author Henry Nelson was given access to VW archives in [Germany and the U.S.] and his in-depth reporting reflect the wealth of material that was made available to him . . .it all makes for fascinating reading." -- Auto Restorer Magazine - February 1999

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. I. Doumet on May 2, 2003
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Just what I was looking for, and then some. This book starts at the very beggining, with the Beetle's mentor and VW's founder Dr. Porsche. (Did you know he was Czeck?)
It follow's the company's history (which is to say, the car's history) with just the right amount of coverage to its amazing journey from WWII to the car's EOP (end of production) in Puebla, Mexico. The cronology of this book is excellent. Worthdly of a movie script, this book is extremely enganging. As you read its history, names like Ford, Peugeot, Renault amongst others keep poping up narrating each one's influence on the company's history. (Did you know H. Ford II was offered the factory, for free?)
The only thing that I'd wish from this book was to have the author do either a follow up or a revised update. This book finishes with the beetle's last production car, but the company has certantly not. I wish I could get more info from the company's developement from that point forward, including the launch of the new beetle among other superb new VWs...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marco Lazarini on March 30, 2010
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Do you want to understand why Beetle was created by Ferdinand Porsche, why did the project succeeded after World War II, why Nordhoff stayed in Germany to raise the VW plant? Do you want to understand how this car came to USA and Europe, why this car originates the big corporation Wolkswagen is today? Do you want to know more about the Beetle spirit, why this "little, poor, ugly car" selled 21,5 million units around the world, over 55 years (from 1948, Germany, to 2003, in Mexico)?

I proudly present to you the most detailed and comprehensive source of information about Volkswagen Beetle ever written. This book has a dozen pages with pictures - all the others contains text, lots of text, with backstage details, deals and bets about Beetle. It's a real historical reference, a "must-have" book for every Beetle enthusiast who wants to know, from the scratch, the whole story of Volkswagen and this first - and more glorious and classical - car.

I'm thinking right now: why this book doen't have a version translated to Portuguese, or Spanish? It will sell extremely well in Brazil and Mexico, countries which people has a strong emotional binding with Beetle... maybe I buy the rights to translate it to Portuguese and sell it in Brazil!

If you came here looking for a high-quality literature about our lovely bug, your search ends right now. Press 'buy' and wait for the delivery. You won't regret.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Frank Kern on November 13, 2002
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On of the world`s most informative and well resourced books on the VW history.Gives an insight to the early vehicle development,political hurdles that had to be overcome as well as the generic industrial resistence that was present.H.Nelson, a gifted author,not only writes about the "first row" people but also about production personnel and production techniques.
Sales and marketing development & especially how the U.S. market was won not only fascinates the VW buff but everyone who ever had anything to do with the automotive industry.
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By A Customer on September 27, 1998
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I first read this book when I was 10 years old, and ever since it has amazed me how well written, interesting and researched was the original text. It's a shame that the story ends on the late 1960s, and considering that here in Mexico the little Beetle is still one of the best suited cars for the country, perhaps would be nice to have a second edition telling how it has made it to survive until the 1990s, becoming the "Car of the Century" and being registered on the Guiness Records with over 21 million cars produced on the last 60 years.
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By rayj2415 on February 27, 2013
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This is a book that every VW bug lover needs to read and only a few dollars used through Amazon. It's been out of print for a long time so I was delighted to find it as a surprise for a friend who has a couple bugs and is nuts about them. He really enjoyed it!
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The small wonder tells the true story of how the Volkswagen beetle came to be sold in the USA, and how this was done.
A very informative story that will keep you entertained for many hours..
And all the information and sales figures.. is great.. So, If you love the beetle and would like to know its true story of how it came to be sold in the USA.. THIS IS that book,
Mine came from amazon/com
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I was given a copy of this book back in 1971 when I aquired my first car, a 1959 Bug. This book helped cement a lifelong love of the Volkswagen Beetle. The author did such an outstanding job turning an industrial wonder into a love story. This book should be included in the glovebox of EVERY new VW and is a must for any Volkswagen lover.
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When this book was first published in the 1960's the VW revolution was just just hitting it's stride in the US. It's only right that this, the best of the "VW Story" books should be reprinted as the New Beetle puts VW back on the map!
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