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Woodies Hardcover – June, 2000

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 120 pages
  • Publisher: MetroBooks (NY); First edition. edition (June 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1567999093
  • ISBN-13: 978-1567999099
  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 11.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,450,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

New Book About to Hit the Street: US NAVY SEALS
My "author copies" of the new edition of US NAVY SEALS just showed up last week and that's a pretty good sign that it will soon show up here on Amazon and in the bookstores. This seems to be my 66th book, although it gets hard to count when revisions and second editions are considered. Part of it includes a discussion of the story behind the story of the Osama bin Laden mission, written with a little help from several friends in the SOF community but including some educated guesses. At the time, the mainstream news media were dishing out the usual BS about it all, based on misleading information from the WARCOM public affairs shop. But a lot has changed in the Naval Special Warfare community since my first book on the subject and it was time for an update. If you read it and have comments -- good or bad -- drop me a line, but be sure to sign your real name, please, because I will answer your note no matter what it says.

AN ODD HISTORY FOR A WRITER
People often ask how I became a writer and generally assume that anybody who has written a lot of military books must have a passion for the process. The awful truth is that I was a poor student in high school English classes and became a writer entirely by accident. The accident was a happy one, though, and I love writing about the men and women of our modern armed forces. I really learned to write while in the Army when I corresponded with several very pretty girls. Writing those letters without an English teacher poised to pounce on every error became fun, and it paid off, too -- I am still friends with a couple of them many years later.

My training is in documentary film, a discipline that requires a lot of writing and a good ear for conversational speech. My first books resulted from documentary film productions, the first on stained glass (STAINED GLASS -- MUSIC FOR THE EYE, with Bob and Jill Hill). The book was Bob's idea and was a huge success thanks to a sweet review in Newsweek magazine. A public relations film for Exxon led to a chance meeting with Capt. James Shanower, a US Coast Guard officer who invited me to spend some time on his ship, the Morgenthau. That experience accidentally resulted in my first solo book, USCG -- ALWAYS READY, for Presidio Press, published in 1984.

Well, it was all downhill from there -- next, a book about the Army's Airborne, then another on Green Berets. "Let me do one on Army aviation!" I begged Richard Kane at Presidio Press. "Please!" He tossed me a contract for that one, then another for a book about tanks. I was hooked! Pretty soon I was neglecting my film projects and writing books instead. I thought I could quit any time and get back to honest work, but I couldn't help myself. One book followed another. I tried a twelve-step program for people who write too much, but they threw me out when the leader discovered I was taking notes for a book about it all.

In case it matters, I have lived in California most of my life, am married to a gorgeous babe named Miss April, and have lived in the same neighborhood for thirty-five years. I belong to a few organizations -- E Clampus Vitus, the UDT/SEAL Association, Association of the US Army (Life), and Author's Guild. I am working on a book about brothels and bordellos, but that's another story from Your Faithful Scribe, Hans Halberstadt.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Tim Conner on July 27, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Woodies by Han Halberstadt, is the best coffee table book on these rare, wonderful, cars published to date. The text is well researched and the book is loaded with high quality photographs. The author not only relates historical facts about this golden age of automobile history, but he also relates stories and events that shaped the lives of the owners of the beautiful woodies that are featured in this book. The book is not an in-depth look at all the wonderful wooden bodied cars produced by all the various automobile manufactures.....that book still waits to be written. It is however a must have for any woodie owner or lover of these beautiful automobiles. This book will bring back many fond memories of a time long past or perhaps introduce you to the wonderful world of woodies!
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Format: Hardcover
In this context, a woodie is a car partially constructed of wood. While such cars were never a dominant component of the American auto market, they are now a significant section of the auto collection and restoration genre. This book contains brief descriptions of some of the more interesting and beautiful examples of such cars.

The photography is superb, and the quality of the subjects has a lot to do with it. These cars are beautiful, the combination of steel and precisely finished wood makes for some of the best looking cars you will ever seen. It is clear that restoring and refinishing these cars is a passion, and from the end product, one can see how that can be the case. If you have any interest in cars with wooden components, then this is a book that you must read.
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By Sam Hastings on January 7, 2014
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Great tome and photographs on the famous woodies of back in the day. I keep going back and rereading from time to time. I sure miss those old station wagons. The had soul unlike my suv.
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