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Car crazy : the battle for supremacy between Ford and Olds and the dawn of the automobile age

Miller, G. Wayne. (Author).

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Kirtland Community College Library TL 215 .F7 M55 2015 30775305542400 General Collection Available -

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  • ISBN: 9781610395519
  • ISBN: 1610395514
  • ISBN: 9781610395526
  • Physical Description: print
    xv, 350 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, [2015]

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General Note: "In Car Crazy, G. Wayne Miller, takes readers back to the wild and wooly years of the early automobile era--from 1893, when the first U.S.-built auto was introduced, through 1908, when General Motors was founded and Ford's Model T went on the market. As the machine transformed American culture for better and worse, early corporate battles for survival and market share transformed the economic landscape. The fiercest fight pits Henry Ford against Frederic Smith of Olds. Olds was the early winner in the race for dominance, but now the Olds empire is in trouble, its once-industry leading market share shrinking, its cash dwindling. Ford is just revving up. But this is Ford's third attempt at a successful auto company--and if this one fails, quite possibly his last. So Smith fights Ford with the weapons he knows best: lawyers, blackmail, intimidation, and a vicious advertising smear campaign that ultimately backfires. Car Wars is a page-turning story of popular culture, business, and sport at the dawn of the twentieth century, filled with compelling, larger-than-life characters, each an American original."
Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Cast of characters : The carmakers -- Karl Friedrich Benz -- Roy D. Chapin -- James J. Couzens -- William Crapo "Billy" Durant -- Charles E. and J. Frank Duryea -- Henry Ford -- Edward S. "Spider" Huff -- Emile Levassor -- Alexander Y. Malcomson -- Ransom Eli Olds -- Frederic L. Smith -- The drivers -- Tom Cooper -- Dwight B. Huss -- Webb Jay -- Ernest D. Keeler -- Percy F. Megargel -- Barney Oldfield -- The mechanics -- David F. Fassett -- Barton Stanchfield -- Milford Wigle -- The patent players -- Frederick P. Fish -- Charles M. Hough -- Walter C. Noyes -- George B. Selden -- Ralzemond B. Parker -- The good roads evangelists -- James W. Abbott -- Albert Augustus Pope -- Isaac B. Potter -- Roy Stone -- The scoundrels -- Lone John -- Big Nose George Parrott -- The Road Hog -- The ruffians -- Edward R. Thomas -- 1. Fastest man on earth -- 2. Native sons -- 3. The Selden patent -- 4. Meet me in St. Louis -- 5. Sensation -- 6. Bad behaviors, bad roads -- 7. The horse loses power -- 8. The West, still wild -- 9. Victories and defeats -- 10. Doubts subsiding -- 11. "Equal to his weight in wildcats."
Summary, etc.: "In Car Crazy, G. Wayne Miller, takes readers back to the wild and wooly years of the early automobile era--from 1893, when the first U.S.-built auto was introduced, through 1908, when General Motors was founded and Ford's Model T went on the market. As the machine transformed American culture for better and worse, early corporate battles for survival and market share transformed the economic landscape. The fiercest fight pits Henry Ford against Frederic Smith of Olds. Olds was the early winner in the race for dominance, but now the Olds empire is in trouble, its once-industry leading market share shrinking, its cash dwindling. Ford is just revving up. But this is Ford's third attempt at a successful auto company--and if this one fails, quite possibly his last. So Smith fights Ford with the weapons he knows best: lawyers, blackmail, intimidation, and a vicious advertising smear campaign that ultimately backfires. Car Wars is a page-turning story of popular culture, business, and sport at the dawn of the twentieth century, filled with compelling, larger-than-life characters, each an American original."
Subject: Ford, Henry 1863-1947
Ford Motor Company.
Olds, Ransom Eli 1864-1950
General Motors Corporation. Oldsmobile Division History
Ford Model T automobile History
Oldsmobile automobile History
Automobile industry and trade United States History
Automobile industry and trade United States Management
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