The Automobile Age

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MIT Press, 1990 - Social Science - 456 pages
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In this sweeping cultural history, James Flink provides a fascinating account of the creation of the world's first automobile culture. He offers both a critical survey of the development of automotive technology and the automotive industry and an analysis of the social effects of "automobility" on workers and consumers.James J. Flink is an affiliate of the Institute of Transportation Studies and Professor of Comparative Culture at the University of California, Irvine.

  

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This book is a tour de force. Even reading it in 2012 it has so much to offer. Prof. Flink writes with great clarity and style. He manages to synthesize a massive amount of information into a coherent narrative that sheds light on almost every aspect of the American experience. I have read many books on the impact of the automobile on the United States and a number of books on the history of transportation in the US. The Automobile Age belongs at the top of the reading list for anyone desiring a comprehensive overview of those topics. I only wish there were an updated version. Published in 1988, some of the material toward the end of the book is jarring when viewed with 30+ years of perspective (i.e. "80% of employyes at the new Saturn car company re guaranteed lifetime employement"). Highly recommended. 

Contents

The Emerging Industry
15
4
40
The Rise of the Giants
56
War and Peace
73
7
112
8
129
The Family Car
158
12
229
13
251
14
268
16
294
17
327
Notes
410
Index
430
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Jairo Nunes is Associate Professor of Linguistics at the State University of Campinas, Brazil.

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