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Alec Issigonis, the brilliant British designer of the Morris Minor and the Mini, is one of the commanding figures in the history of automobile design and engineering. His ingenious and effective designs had a deep, lasting influence on the evolution of the motor car and on the wider history of industrial design, and he deserves to be ranked with the other giants of the field like Ferdinand Porsche in Germany and Dante Giacosa in Italy. But, until now, Issigonis's career as an engineer and designer, and his strong, single-minded character, have never been the subject of a full-length biography. Jonathan Wood's meticulously researched, penetrating study of this flawed genius of automobile design offers a rounded portrait of his life and work, and places him squarely in the context of his times. Vivid recollections of Issigonis's contemporaries, combined with a critical reassessment of his output, create a balanced view of a remarkable, controversial man. The author also offers a behind-the-scenes impression of the personal and corporate struggles within the declining British car industry, a complex process in which Issigonis played a famous role.
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Motoring historian Jonathan Wood is well qualified to chronicle the life and career of Alec Issigonis. A founder member of the staff of Classic Car magazine, his Wheels of Misfortune, The Rise and Fall of the British Motor Industry received accolades on both sides of the Atlantic, having been accorded the Guild of Motoring Writers' Montagu Trophy and the US-based Society of Automotive Historians' Cugnot Award. Wood's study of artist engineer Ettore Bugatti likewise received the SAH's coveted prize and he has also written A Portrait of Farnham, an architectural history of his one-time home town of Farnham, Surrey. Wood has some 35 books to his credit and he was responsible for the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders' centenary history, published in 1996 to commemorate the British motor industry's 100th anniversary. Married with a family of three, Jonathan lives in Ludlow, Shropshire.
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Book Description Breedon Books, 2005. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1859834493
Book Description Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # STR-1859834493