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The designers: Great automobiles and the men who made them Hardcover – January 1, 1976


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  • Hardcover: 199 pages
  • Publisher: Follett Pub. Co (1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0695805843
  • ISBN-13: 978-0695805845
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 6.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,965,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David Traver Adolphus on December 20, 2002
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In the great British and European journalistic tradition, Setright makes no pretense of objectivity. This is a personal account, full of second-hand stories and personal reminiscences, largely of the pre-war era. Neverthless, it is a wonderfully readable and entertaining book, which does convey a terrific historical perspective of the evolution and relationships of the European auto industry.
As such, this is a book about individuals, and does a fine job of conveying information about the personalities that continue to inform our designs to this day.
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I have tried to like L.J.K. Setright's writing, but once again, "The Designers..." once again reinforces my opinion that this guy is nothing more than a monumental, pedantic, bore. Why Car and Driver had him as a columnist for so long escapes me. This book didn't even make it on my last move, I think I gave it to a homeless person.
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For those who are fascinated by design, whether it be of cars, airplanes, or rocket engines, the great tragedy is that so little industrial history is written. The details of who was where, influenced by what, talked with whom, tend to be lost. Setright collected such information throughout his life, because it interested him. Here he puts it on paper.
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