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The All-American Muscle Car: The Birth, Death and Resurrection of Detroit's Greatest Performance Cars Hardcover – May 26, 2013


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks; First edition (May 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760343829
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760343821
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 1 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Look at the lineup of talent that produced this book. It’s a Murderers’-Row, E-Street-Band, 1972-Miami-Dolphins teaming of muscle raconteurs. So, while most of us know the story about the gestation and rise of the modern American performance car, the tale rarely gets a telling this good. The information herein may be familiar to many of us, but still, this is a great recounting of an even better period for those who love fast American iron." - Hemmings Muscle Machines


"We really like the way it's written and the awesome photographs... If you're a fan of muscle cars in general, you definitely won’t regret adding this book to your shelf." - SuperChevy.com

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The classic muscle car era, which began when the first Pontiac buyer checked the “GTO” box on the Pontiac Tempest option order list and ended when the last Super Duty 455 Firebird rolled off Pontiac’s assembly line in 1974, was something that should have never been. In hindsight, who can legitimately argue that giving young men lightweight cars stuffed full of big-block V-8 power, crude handling abilities for harnessing it, and virtually no braking power to bring the festivities to a halt once everything went south—which it did more often than not—was a good idea?
Even though building these cars for kids was unwise, the resulting cars were pretty damned cool. The cars might have been overpowered and poor-handling, but unless a person has driven one of these outrageous machines, he or she has never really lived.
Today the muscle-car market is stronger than ever. We have new Mustangs, Camaros, Challengers, and Chargers that will outperform the classic muscle cars in every measurable way. They are faster, better-handling, more comfortable, and safer. We have any number of performance cars that will run the quarter-mile fifty percent quicker than cars of the classic era. We have cars that will do all this while coddling the driver in as much comfort as the luxury suite of a five-star hotel. But what’s missing from our modern do-all muscle and performance cars is the visceral sense that something dangerous is going on under the hood and that we’d best proceed with all due respect.
The All-American Muscle Car tells the muscle-car story from start to finish, with essays from the top experts in the world and first-person accounts from men who were there at the time, making it all happen. It is a celebration of cars that set you back in your seat when you mash the loud pedal into the floorboards.
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A terrific coffee table book.
EllenCam
I have to say that I learn more about each topic with every book I read and usually enjoy the books even though I have read others.
Michigan Reviewer
Great reference source for someone like myself who saw them ALL run.
Dennis R. Rachelle

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By EllenCam on June 3, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I love this book. It is filled with gorgeous photos of the wonderful muscle cars that were produced from the mid 60's until the mid 70's. I personally drove some of them at that time and reading all the interesting information brought back so many memories. A real treasure for anyone interested in cars of bygone days. It is written by several authors, all an expert in their field. A terrific coffee table book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michigan Reviewer on September 11, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I have read many books about Henry Ford, deserted buildings and American muscle cars. I have to say that I learn more about each topic with every book I read and usually enjoy the books even though I have read others. This book certainly falls into that category. I learned quite a few new things about American muscle cars from it. Great contributors. Fantastic insight into the cars and the people behind them. Photos are not world class, but the grand text and writing styles make up for that in spades. Do not summarily dismiss this as "just another muscle car book". It is by far way more than that. It has the usual suspects, of course, but contains a lot of other information I had not seen in other articles or books. A fascinating topic covered very well in a well written book. Enjoy this one. I sure did!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dennis R. Rachelle on July 5, 2013
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Great reference source for someone like myself who saw them ALL run.

Expanded section on all the mustangs.

Thanks

DRR
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By eugene vongunten on January 4, 2014
Format: Hardcover
A book like this, written for a general audience, should not contain the "F" word. A coffee table book shouldn't have to be hidden when a young car lover comes to visit. What was the publisher thinking?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By edward violante on February 7, 2014
Format: Hardcover
The people involved in authoring this book know well of what they speak.They were directly involved with the vehicles discussed and road tested and evaluated them when they were brand new.You are not going to find a better group of people.I grew up with the musclecar phenomenon and can rightfully say that many of the magazine reports for musclecars had these people directly involved.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Mccarrier on November 1, 2013
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Is there anything new left to be said about classic American muscle cars? This book answers that question with a strong NO.

Each chapter is a condensed version of a book written by the author of each chapter. Jim Wangers retells a portion of Glory Days, Joe Oldham rehashes American Horsepower, etc. There is even a chapter on current Mustangs and Camaros. Nothing you can't read in twenty different recent magazines.

This is a coffee table book with large print, wide line spacing, and large pictures. It is the kind of book a car guy might get for Christmas from his new in-laws who heard he was into old muscle cars. It is a competent introduction and overview but useless for readers who have already read the books it is based on.
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