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The story of the Soviet Union’s cars has to be seen in the context of a planned society in a vast, relatively undeveloped territory in which everything was planned well in advance, in which consumer items were not a priority until well after the Second World War when the country had developed the necessary heavy industry to be in a position to develop consumer products. This extraordinarily detailed study charts the history of Soviet cars from the birth of the Soviet Union in 1917 until its demise in 1990, with a conclusion about the post-Soviet era. It is the story of an insular, state-run car industry in which the carefully thought-out ideas of ministerial planners, rather than fickle customers in a free market, determined what cars were made in a country where the open road was often a 300-mile track across a windswept steppe. This is a fascinating book, full of rarely seen photographs and illustrations, largely in color, that will interest all car enthusiasts.
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Andy Thompson is a Director of a Housing Association who has been fascinated by this subject since childhood, when he started collecting Lada brochures. Since then he has amassed a huge collection of Russian research material, including catalogs, books and magazines, and become an expert along the way. He lives in Cumbria.
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Book Description Haynes Publishing, 2008. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. First edition. 28 x 21 cm. Quarto. 376 pages. Red boards in dust jacket. Crease to front of dust jacket. There is a small glued down card to the former owner affixed to the front endpaper opposite the title page. "What made the Soviet motor industry so different was its unique background. The Soviet Union's communist system was the world's first and largest attempt to create a new type of society. For more than 70 years, cars and vans were designed and built not to win greater market share but to meet a clear social and economic purpose. ". Seller Inventory # 49645
Book Description Haynes Publishing, 2008. Condition: Good. A+ Customer service! Satisfaction Guaranteed! Book is in Used-Good condition. Pages and cover are clean and intact. Used items may not include supplementary materials such as CDs or access codes. May show signs of minor shelf wear and contain limited notes and highlighting. Seller Inventory # 1844254836-2-4
Book Description Haynes Publishing, 2008. Hardcover. Condition: Used: Very Good. Dust jacket has edge bumping, a small corner nick and light wear. Inside flaps taped to inside of cover. Unmarked, pages clean & bright, binding tight. Ships Next Business Day. Seller Inventory # 180511005OVS