The great American automotive pioneers were entrepreneurial inventors and visionaries who changed the American landscape and brought us a new national culture. The dawn of the automobile ushered away the ubiquitous horse-drawn carriages and the rutted, dusty and wash-boarded dirt roads they traveled on, and replaced them with cars powered by steam, electricity and gasoline. These pioneers lifted the veil of isolation that enveloped most pre-20th century Americans and made it possible for the average person to travel whenever and wherever he or she pleased. Written by award-winning author and syndicated columnist Daniel Alef, who has written more than 300 biographical profiles of America's great tycoons, and narrated by radio personality Baron Ron Herron, A Road Well Traveled offers many lessons to be draw from these pioneers and the fascinating lives they led. Some became fabulously wealthy; others died in obscurity. But they developed America's largest industry in the space of one generation and demonstrated the skills and characteristics necessary to achieve such success. Their audacity, determination, perseverance, work-ethic, and passion were unassailable. These pioneers were undaunted by any and all obstacles in their path. Their stories are instructive and absorbing.More
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5 Hours of Listening Pleasure!
The various biographies of men who made the automobiles, and how these various lives intertwined to create companies that lasted decades, and some over a century. Most of these men came from similar backgrounds, and worked hard to make it in a serious competition to stand out in the crowd. It seems many of these men have been forgotten to us today, but their stories are worth hearing, and appreciating.
Engines of Change (by Paul Ingrassia). While Paul Ingrassia takes on 15 significant automobiles, and goes into even more details on the "fine 15", both books appreciate the hard work put forth by many men, and the difference their automobiles made.
It's a pleasure listening, and the voice fits the stories.
If I had the time, yes. I listened to it in my car every moment I was driving.
If you love automobiles (I do), and love can-do spirit of men at the turn of the 19th Century, than you will appreciate this book.
- C. Dean Waterman
The Story of American Automobiles
Its right up there among the finest!
How all the men, while producing vastly different cars had similar back grounds excitingly creating vehicles that to this day have an impact on us...
The bio on the Duesenberg and Packer men and cars.
The Greatest American Automobiles
Make a film about this book, it would be awesome - so much insight and history!