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How Cars Work 1st Edition
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What make this book stand out are :
1. The authur strived for clarity while not skimp on details either. The writing is in clear, concise, to the point fashion that leaves no ambiguity but contains enough details to out-content many 300+ page auto books (It must be a fashion these days. I found many such thick books wasted much of their contents on third-rate humors /jokes I found annoying while wasted rest of their contents on ambiguous, not to the point technical writing. To those authors, I will say : PLEASE, either be a stand up comedian or a technical writer, but not BOTH. If you do both, you will fail at both).
2. Detailed illustrations. Almost 50% of this book is devoted to detailed illustrations. Each page deals with a specific car part (be it crankshaft, fuel pump, timing chain, or else) - half of that page is technical writing, another half is detailed illustration. The illustration is not just for that specific part alone. It also illustrates other related parts in the same subsystem so you understand how the part works within the group that it belongs.
The book comes in 96 pages but in generous 8.5 inches x 11 inches size. That's how such detailed illustration is able to fit into half of page. Another thing I like is that the pages are made of high grade, pure-white (not tinted, or neutral colors) paper. Very few books these days are made from such good papers.
I must admit that it was enertaining reading this books with all the descriptive pictures.
I had to do something.
We never finished the book together, and lately they have been asking for it again. I have nearly completed it. When it comes to car repairs, I have been taken to the cleaners so many times that I may not even have to shower anymore. Had I read this book much earlier in my life, I would have had the confidence to at least question some repair charges. This alone makes it worth its weight in precious metals. In truth, I am a mechanical idiot. If this book can assist my young sons and me in understanding how the engine works with the crankshaft to get the wheels moving, likely it will help others too.
I could have (and maybe should have) just said 'buy the book, you won't regret it. So doit. AND, if Tom ever offers a CD of his jazz guitar playing, I promise I won't write any more verbose reviews. I'll probably be too busy stealing his licks.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Book was in great condition when arrived. Exactly what I was looking for. My boyfriend is going to love it!Published 9 days ago by Amanda Hartley
This book is amazing. I have always been fascinated by cars but I knew nothing about them. I wanted to know more and decided to buy this book, and it was one of the best decisions... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
Bought this for my son who is always taking things apart. Hoping this will help him when he wants to put them back together.Published 1 month ago by M.R.
Awesome book for general automotive information. Perfect for beginners.Published 1 month ago by Melanie Moffat
How Cars Work is dead on point with How Cars Work and has helped me in school understand whats going on with my car or even how to simply take care of it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jerone
If it weren't so expensive, I'd give it 5 stars. Excellent introduction to how cars work, especially for those who want to know how a manual works.Published 2 months ago by Ryan H.