Drive! Henry Ford, George Selden, and the Race to Invent the Auto Age by Lawrence Goldstone (Publication Date: May 17, 2016)
Got some amazing quotes so far:
"Business history as you have never read before, Lawrence Goldstone tells the important but now forgotten legal fight over the patent for the automobile. With more plot twists and turns than a murder mystery and a cast of well-known industrial titans, Drive! takes the reader down the road to the dawning age of the automobile when Henry Ford’s dream almost turned into a nightmare."
—James McGrath Morris, author Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print, and Power
"Drive! is an exquisite treasure. Titanic court battles, personal feuds among robber barons, hair-raising, death defying early automobile races, and a slice of history, beautifully researched and written, that shaped the country in the early twentieth century, there is something in this book for all lovers of an epic, transformative struggle."
—Dale Oesterle, Reese Chair, Moritz College of Law, Ohio State University
"In suitably fast-paced prose, Goldstone tells the enthralling story of the fraught early days of the 'Horseless Age.' The cast in the high-stakes battle includes brilliant engineers, Gilded Age tycoons, and reckless daredevils both on the track and in the boardroom—a heady mix of motors, money, and testosterone. Silicon Valley’s billionaires have nothing on these guys for either ingenuity or ruthlessness."
—Ross King, author of Brunelleschi’s Dome
"Drive! cruises backrooms, boardrooms and courtrooms as pioneer racers compete for their place in motoring history. Hang on!"
—Rick Hughey, International Motor Racing Research Center at Watkins Glen
"Lawrence Goldstone pulls back the curtain on a world long hidden from view, of the unsung heroes and forgotten men behind the most consequential invention of the 20th century. He synthesizes auto history and extensive scholarship to create a refreshing, original account, a bold, powerfully argued retelling of the history of the automobile. Goldstone takes Henry Ford out of familiar context and presents him as someone entirely new, an even more curious and riveting man. A lucid, intelligent page-turner, Drive! will enthrall and enlighten you."
—Elizabeth MacDonald, senior stocks editor, FOX Business
"Utterly compelling. Filled with fascinating stories and larger-than-life characters, Drive! is a joy ride. I’ll never get behind the wheel of my car again without thinking about Drive!"
—Howard Blum, New York Times bestselling author of Dark Invasion and American Lightning
A nice Booklist too:
--"Fascinating...an engaging new take on the history of technological innovation."
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