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4.0 out of 5 stars The second best book on the history of Cadillac..., December 27, 2003
This review is from: The Cadillac Story: The Postwar Years (Stanford General Books) (Hardcover)
...the first is Bonsall's other Cadillac book, the out-of-print "Cadillac: The American Standard" (CTAS).
In fact, this book is essentially a near-verbatim subset of CTAS. Where CTAS begins in 1902 and ends right around 1994 (when it was published), this book begins in 1946 (hence "The Postwar Years" in the title), and seems to leave off right around the beginning of 2002 even though it includes references to 2003 and 2004 Cadillacs, (it seems that most of the copy covering 1946 to 1994 was lifted right out of CTAS).
The fact that the book makes no mention of the enthusiastic public reaction to the '02 Escalade and the CTS, as well as the incorrect reference to the '04 XLR as the "SLR" tell me that Mr. Bonsall probably wrapped up the manuscript in early 2002.
This is a bit problematic, because even though the rest of the book is thorough, engaging, and superbly researched, it sort of sputters once you hit 2002--when all the really cool new Cadillacs suddenly hit the market, (the new Escalade, EXT,and ESV; the CTS, SRX, XLR). From that point onward, it reads like reprinted Cadillac brochures (literally in some paragraphs) and signals an abrupt end to the author's thoughtful analysis and edge-of-your-seat storytelling. It's like watching Cinderella up to the point where the clock strikes midnight, and then being hit with a commercial for glass slippers and ending the story without ever getting to the Prince and all the "happily ever after" stuff.
Otherwise, this is an excellent book from the absolute best automotive writer on the planet. If you're a Cadillac enthusiast and you don't already have or can't get Bonsall's "Cadillac: The American Standard", then this book is a must-have. If you already have the other book and you don't mind shelling out some good money to fill in the space between 1994 and 2001, then this is also a good book to get.
Note that there are no color pictures in this book, although there are many very good pictures on most pages. This book is perfect as a history of Cadillac after WW2, but it isn't intended as a coffee table book. If you want beautiful photographs in a large book, check out Rob Wagner's "Cadillac: A Century of Excellence".
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