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Ultimate Encyclopedia of American Cars Paperback – May 15, 2008

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Book Description

American cars are known for their sleek beauty, speed and impeccable design. Learn all this and more, including specs and design details from the great classics! Every nation has its car enthusiasts, and most have a motor industry to go with them, but nowhere is the car more strongly a part of society and a means of personal expression than in America. Whether it's for the daily commute to work, a weekend trip to a national park or simply a visit to the supermarket, the car is an essential part of daily life.

About the Author

Peter Henshaw has had an enthusiasm for anything with wheels from an early age – from bicycles to 500hp tractors. He was the Editor of Motorcycle Sport & Leisure for five years before going freelance, and now contributes to a whole range of transport magazines including MSL, TAG, A to B and Tractor, as well as The Telegraph. He’s also written over 30 books, including 10 about bikes, and is an all-year-round motorcyclist who does not own a car.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Book Sales, Inc. (May 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785822488
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785822486
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.3 x 6.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,234,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
This book is terribly flawed with typo, poor writing, lacking transitional cohesion in it's layout and importantly is factually wrong and emits key information. Here are some examples:

Page 48, in the heart of the chapter on Buick is a stand-alone image of Starsky & Hutch version Gran Torino circa 1976. Huh?

The author includes four pictures of various 1958 models and none of the GNX or T-Type Regal, newer model Lucerne's, Reatta, Sport Wagon's and so much more.

In the Cadillac section the author fails to mention that the picture is actually of a 1959 Eldorado Biarritz convertible, not just an Eldorado. On the following page, he calls the car a Cadillac convertible with out stating that it is a Series 62 model. AND, he uses pictures of Cadillacs and other manufacturers taken in England. Like England has the best sampling of American cars??!!

With Chrysler, the author image selection consists of a smattering of late 40's to mid-50's models and then a 1958 300, 1959 New Yorker, 1959 Imperial and a 1970 300. All other images skip to the late 90's. What?? No Cordoba?? No 80's Imperial?? No '70's Newport or even mid-60's Engle styled Chryslers?

I cannot even go on!! Every chapter is this bad. I am not nit-picking here!! This book was poorly planned and written as if the deadline was 24 hours and without conviction or even care for the quality of the workmanship!
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Format: Paperback
I find the reading informative and the pictures are striking. The reader will have to cross-reference to another encyclopedia as far as relying on accurate labeling of the pictures. Far too many are in error.
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This is a big heavy book filled with exquisit color photos. There are also a few photos in black and white. The pictures are clear and vivid and in my opinion are suitable for framing right out of the book. Many will end up framed on my wall. If you love beautiful photos with limited text, this is the book for you. There are over 400 pages of cars.
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I bought this for my son who is a car enthusiast. He said it's a really good book for anyone who is interested in cars. It was delivered quickly and just as described.
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