The Life of the Automobile

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The Life of the Automobile is the first comprehensive world history of the car.

The automobile has arguably shaped the modern era more profoundly than any other human invention, and author Steven Parissien examines the impact, development, and significance of the automobile over its turbulent and colorful 130-year history. Readers learn the grand and turbulent history of the motor car, from its earliest appearance in the 1880s?as little more than a powered quadricycle?and the innovations of the early pioneer carmakers. The author examines the advances of the interwar era, the Golden Age of the 1950s, and the iconic years of the 1960s to the decades of doubt and uncertainty following the oil crisis of 1973, the global mergers of the 1990s, the bailouts of the early twenty-first century, and the emergence of the electric car.


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Hardcover: 448 pages
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (May 13, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1250040639
ISBN-13: 978-1250040633
Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.5 x 9.5 inches


Steven Parissien is the Director of Sotheby’s Institute, London. He is also the author of Station to Station, Adam Style and Palladian Style, all published by Phaidon.

2 reviews for The Life of the Automobile

  1. 4 out of 5


    Bringing Humanity to History

  2. 5 out of 5


    Comprehensive story of the development of the automobile and a close look at the people and companies behind the scenes, their good and bad choices and the ultimate effect on the industry.

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