10 new automotive history books that make great holiday gifts


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Whether you need the perfect gift book for the gearbox story lover in your life or a new read for yourself, you’ve come to the right place. These 10 recently released titles have two things in common: Each book delves deeply into a fascinating subject in automotive history, and each is an entertaining and informative read that won’t be easy to give up.

Across the Airless Wilds: The Lunar Rover and the triumph of the last moon landings by Earl Swift

Product details: 384 pages (hardcover)

Publication date: July 6, 2021

Editor: Customs

The Apollo 11 moon landing is getting all the attention, but subsequent Apollo missions also broke new ground. In Through the Airless Wilds, Ear Swift tells the gripping story of how astronauts explored the surface of the moon behind the wheel of NASA’s ingenious lunar rover vehicle.

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Becoming the Auto Town: A Timeline of the Detroit Auto Industry by Paul Vachon

Product details: 176 pages (hardcover)

Publication date: September 15, 2021

Editor: Reedy Press

How did the Motor City become the dynamic and innovative hub of the American auto industry? This detailed – and profusely illustrated – book traces Detroit’s rise, fall, and future potential, combining a detailed historical timeline with stories about the key personalities and forces that shaped the city.

A brief history of the movement: from the steering wheel to the car and beyond by Tom Standage

Product details: 272 pages (hardcover)

Publication date: August 17, 2021

Editor: Bloomsbury editions

From the invention of the wheel, A brief history of the movement takes readers on a millennia whirlwind tour of humankind’s advancements in transportation – and how those developments have changed the world for better and for worse.

The Brown Bullet: Rajo Jack’s desire to enter motor racing by Bill Poehler

Product details: 240 pages (hardcover)

Publication date: May 5, 2020

Editor: Books by Lawrence Hill

Like most sports in the United States, auto racing was once strictly separated by race. This book tells the true and dramatic story of Rajo Jack, a black man who found his way into the world of California outlaw racing in the 1930s and played a key role in bringing this to life. sport.

The story of speed: the quest to go faster, from the dawn of the automobile to the speed of sound by Martin Roach

Product details: 256 pages (hardcover)

Publication date: September 10, 2021

Editor: Firefly books

Boasting hundreds of photos and compelling stories of innovation and obsession, Martin Roach’s book delves deeply into humanity’s quest to make automobiles faster and faster – and inventors, engineers, and junkyards – neck that made these speeds possible.

Hollywood Eden: electric guitars, fast cars and the myth of California’s paradise by Joël Selvin

Product details: 320 pages (hardcover)

Publication date: April 6, 2021

Editor: Anansi Press House

The pop charts of the 1960s featured California as a world of hot rods, surfing, and beautiful youngsters on the beach – but what was the reality? This fascinating book delves into the flawed and often tragic personalities behind “Surf City,” “Fun Fun Fun,” and the many other teenage dreams of the era.

Indy Split: the battle for money that nearly destroyed Indy Racing by John Oreovicz

Product details: 432 pages (hardcover)

Publication date: May 30, 2021

Editor: Octane press

In 1996, the world of IndyCar racing exploded into controversy and split into two rival leagues: CART and the Indy Racing League. In Indy Split, automotive journalist John Oreovicz tells the dramatic story of the two sides split, how they eventually came together, and how this series of events changed motor racing forever.

Midnight in Vehicle City: General Motors, Flint and the strike that created the middle class by Edward McClelland

Product details: 232 pages (hard cover)

Publication date: February 2, 2021

Editor: Beacon press

America’s once-booming middle class is no accident – it was created in large part by labor upheavals like the one that rocked General Motors in 1936 and 1937. Midnight in the city of vehicles tells the story of this resounding victory for work and explores its resonance in today’s world of declining prosperity and weakened unions.

MotoLady’s Women Riding Book: Motorcycle Heroes, Pioneers and Record Breakers by Alicia Mariah Elfving

Product details: 184 pages (hardcover)

Publication date: May 25, 2021

Editor: Engine books

Motorcycle racing fans will appreciate this book on the most inspiring women in the sport. From historical pioneers to today’s enthusiasts, MotoLady’s Women Riding Book is full of stories and photos that celebrate women’s contributions to cycling, design, activism and more.

Traveling Black: a story of race and resistance by Mia Bay

Product details: 400 pages (hard cover)

Publication date: March 23, 2021

Editor: Belknap press

Throughout history, black Americans have fought intensely just to enjoy their basic rights, and a major battleground has been the world of transportation. This book traces how activists and ordinary people have struck down against segregation and discrimination, courageously defending their right to freely and fairly travel across the country on buses, trains, cars and planes.


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