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Drive On! A Social History of the Motor Car.

Setright, L J K.

Published by Palawan Press, 2002
ISBN 10: 0954258509 / ISBN 13: 9780954258504
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Title: Drive On! A Social History of the Motor Car.

Publisher: Palawan Press

Publication Date: 2002

Book Condition: Brand new 12 x 10 hardback.


312 pages, 300 illustrations. Emphatically not just another book of cars. Some writers have previously studied what the car has done to society, but they have invariably taken a view that has been either geographically too narrow or historically too short. None has studied what society has done to the car, until now. LJK Setright, the most eminent motoring writer of our age, has written the definitive text from both these aspects and personally chosen over 300 surprisingly diverse pictures to illustrate it. Drive On! is a book that the enthusiast for motoring can read with pleasure, the critic with growing understanding, the historian with some surprise, and the scholar with satisfaction. 37167B. Bookseller Inventory # 38115

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Synopsis: Stimulating, informative, provocative, and witty, Drive On! charts the international history of the car, decade by decade, examining how cars have adapted as a result of what society has demanded of them. While some chapters are devoted to quirky topics like “Where to Stop? and “What to Wear,? others look at the technological changes of the last century, from wooden wheels to computer control. Along the way, L.J.K. Setright, who is considered one of the world?s foremost and most forthright writers on the subject, offers fascinating divagations on everything from the origins of the word “dashboard? to the maximum speed of a raindrop.

About the Author: L. J. K. Setright has been writing for Car magazine for 33 years, is a world expert on tyres and expresses forthright views on such things as speed limits, taxation, and pollution, and offers fascinating divagations on anything from the origins of the word 'dashboard' to the maximum speed of a rain drop (18mph, unaided by wind).

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