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Diesel's Engine: From Conception to 1918 v. 1 Hardcover – Illustrated, Dec 1993


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  • Hardcover: 760 pages
  • Publisher: Society of Automotive Engineers,U.S.; illustrated edition edition (Dec. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0917308034
  • ISBN-13: 978-0917308031
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 19 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,918,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A huge volume that is half social/engineering history and half a technical treatise. Not for the faint heated or those with weak wrists with which to hold it. Best read in small parts rather than at one attempt but well worth the effort.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Oct. 1998
Format: Hardcover
ALL BOOKS CONCERNING THE DIESEL ENGINES UP TO 1918 PUBLISHED IN EUROPE ,MOST OF THEM IN GERMAN WHERE THE DIESEL WAS INVENTED,BROUGHT TOGETHER IN ONE COMPLETE REVIEUW ADDING THE AMERICAN ENGINES. THE BOOK IS ACCURATE,GOOD TO UNDERSTAN.EXCELLENT DRAWINGS+PICTURES.AND A FINE LAY OUT SO WHEN YOU GOT THIS BOOK YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BUY ALL THE OTHERS FOR HAVING A GOOD IDEE OF AN ENGINE WE CAN CALL IT A MUST AND COLLECTORS ITEM FOR DIESEL ENGINEERS TOGETHER WITH THE FAMOUS PUBLICATION FROM *JHON LAMB* THE RUNNING A MAINTENACE OF MARINE DIESEL ENGINES COMMENTS ARE BASED ON MY JOB FUNCTION AS A Sr. Marine Engineer
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Lots of Information 30 Jun. 2011
By jmoran - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book contains everything you'll ever want to know about Rudolf Deisel and the engine he invented. At times there was too much info for me - especially letters to and from Diesel. I found myself skipping paragraphs because I wasn't interested. This is definately a complete history. The book's arrangement was a little disjointed, continuously going back in time to cover events that happened in parallel.

The story of the diesel engine is very interesting. The develpment and meticulous evaluation will intrigue anyone who likes engines, engineering, or manufacturing history. The book is full of pictures and diagrams to illustrate each detail. Overall I enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone.
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Indispensable reference 22 Jan. 2013
By Jim Davis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I was led to this book from reading the author's later book "Diesels for the First Stealth Weapon: Submarine Power 1902-1945." The introduction to that book indicated that it was a sequel of sorts to "Diesel's Engine." Having thoroughly enjoyed "Diesels for the First Stealth Weapon" I made a note to pick up "Diesel's Engine" if the asking price was reasonable.

Now that I've read it I'm happy to report that it exceeded all my expectations. It's subject is somewhat broader than the later book. Not only does it cover all diesels worldwide regardless of application but is also a serviceable biography of Rudolf Diesel. His story is truly a precautionary tale of how difficult handling success often is. Author Cummins is obviously an admirer of Diesel but he does go out of his way to be objective. He does not soft pedal Diesel's shortcomings. On the other hand it appears that Diesel was quite fortunate that his patent(s) were not more vigorously challenged. In the current US legal climate it is likely he would have been ripped to shreds in court.

The bulk of the book is devoted to the engine itself. It is a feast for "gearheads". But be warned: if the reader is a technical neophyte he can expect no hand holding from the author. The author assumes the reader knows what he's in for. The book is well illustrated both photographically and with drawings. The reader is rarely left to his own devices trying to visualize mechanisms that the author is describing. On the occasions that he is (reversing mechanisms form a high proportion) it can be rough.

The sheer variety of engines across many nations and over a quarter century is quite staggering. There are many clever designs described and illustrated. Some are noteworthy for their size alone; the battleship ship engines are truly breathtaking.

Complaints are very few. The most annoying to me is the author's habit of frequently referring to Diesel as "Rudolf." I realize that this is to avoid confusion between the man and various companies that carried his name but I thought the author went too far.

Highly recommended. The fact that Cummins had to publish this book (and his others) himself indicates that this book was a labor of love and he could not have been greatly rewarded financially for his efforts. Posterity, I think, will be very grateful for his efforts. The sheer amount of source material he drew on is very impressive. This is truly a case where if one wants to dispute the author's conclusions, one has a lot of reading to do first.
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ALL EUROPE S DIESEL ENGINES BOOKS PUT TOGETHER IN ONE ITEM 17 Oct. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
ALL BOOKS CONCERNING THE DIESEL ENGINES UP TO 1918 PUBLISHED IN EUROPE ,MOST OF THEM IN GERMAN WHERE THE DIESEL WAS INVENTED,BROUGHT TOGETHER IN ONE COMPLETE REVIEUW ADDING THE AMERICAN ENGINES. THE BOOK IS ACCURATE,GOOD TO UNDERSTAN.EXCELLENT DRAWINGS+PICTURES.AND A FINE LAY OUT SO WHEN YOU GOT THIS BOOK YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BUY ALL THE OTHERS FOR HAVING A GOOD IDEE OF AN ENGINE WE CAN CALL IT A MUST AND COLLECTORS ITEM FOR DIESEL ENGINEERS TOGETHER WITH THE FAMOUS PUBLICATION FROM *JHON LAMB* THE RUNNING A MAINTENACE OF MARINE DIESEL ENGINES COMMENTS ARE BASED ON MY JOB FUNCTION AS A Sr. Marine Engineer
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