Trade in your item
Get a £0.94
Gift Card.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Drive On!: A Social History of the Motor Car Paperback – 19 Aug 2004


See all 5 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Paperback
"Please retry"
£175.42 £38.06


Trade In this Item for up to £0.94
Trade in Drive On!: A Social History of the Motor Car for an Amazon Gift Card of up to £0.94, which you can then spend on millions of items across the site. Trade-in values may vary (terms apply). Learn more

Product details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Granta Books; New edition edition (19 Aug 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1862076987
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862076983
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 15.4 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 732,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

Product Description

Review

'Deeply informed, quixotically discursive ... packed with surprising detail and eccentric good sense.' -- Spectator

'His fuel-injected eccentricities of opinion are as combustible as the internal combustion engines with which he is greasily familiar.' -- The Times

'If you love cars, you’ll love this book. If you hate cars, it’s likely you’ll still love this book.' -- Focus

'Setright is an undisputed authority on just about every aspect of cars' -- Driving Magazine

'Setright is more than just any old motoring journalist: he’s the Wittgenstein of the motoring press' -- George Rosie, Sunday Herald

'The very best of these (social histories about the automobile) is...Leonard Setright’s Drive On!' -- The Guardian

‘Ferociously opinionated…admirably cosmopolitan’ -- Financial Times

About the Author

L. J. K. Setright has been writing for Car magazine for 33 years, is a world expert on tyres and expresses forthright views on such things as speed limits, taxation, and pollution, and offers fascinating divagations on anything from the origins of the word 'dashboard' to the maximum speed of a rain drop (18mph, unaided by wind).

Inside This Book (Learn More)
First Sentence
THE SOURCES OF INVENTION AND the tributaries of discovery seldom flow directly or rapidly towards those reservoirs of employment wherein pragmatic men acknowledge the genius of their prognostic mentors. Read the first page
Explore More
Concordance
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Table of Contents | Excerpt | Index | Back Cover
Search inside this book:

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Jan 2004
Format: Hardcover
Anyone who was a regular reader of CAR magazine from 1966 until a year or two ago will need no introduction to the erudition, wit, and idiosyncratic style of LJKS. Which is now to be found in various newspapers. Look up a few of his articles on the internet and you'll see what I mean.
If you want to know the true meaning of the motor car, read this. On the way you will learn about the car's relationship to the French and American revolutions and discover that almost everything you thought you knew is wrong. I discovered that my school motto is a quote from Virgil's Aeneid - cf Chapter 3.
This is a serious and highly readable work well worth the investment.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Malvern S. May on 27 Jun 2005
Format: Hardcover
this book deals with technical, global history, social change, in fact anything relevant to motoring. reading this book, you understand how the freedom that affordable private motoring produced has shaped society. LJK setright writes beatifully, and details why and when the technical milestones (disc brakes, front wheel drive, automatic transmission etc.) were introduced.
the book is richly written; in the 8 pages on air conditioning/heating the book veers of into the history of hone refrigeration and transnational chilled food transport.
there is more than enough to interest any car enthusiast; particularly if the engineering part of cars interests you.
it is well illustrated
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. Herriott on 25 Sep 2007
Format: Paperback
To be very honest there are very few motoring writers who can write well. And there seems only to have been one who could writing outstandingly well. LJK Setright was that one. This fine book is quite probably unique because it's a towering monument to a rich understanding of motor vehicles showing most clearly why an intelligent, cultured person might find them a worthy object of contemplation.

A longer version of this review can now be found at www.driventowrite.com
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is a "must-read" for anyone interested in the subject. Setright was in no one's pocket and has given us an honest, quirky, well written account of the impact of the car on everyday life. It is a book full of surprises; as if the evening landscape was suddenly lit up by a bolt of lightning; one of his penetrating insights.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By andrew on 22 Jun 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Very prompt delivery and very well packaged
Condition is faultless despite being sold as used I for one cannot see any signs of use.
Interestingly all the monies raised are being donated to charity by the seller.
Can only recommend it most highly.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is a wonderful volume, endlessly informative, engaging and quirky. A lasting testament to one of the great motoring(and much more besides) writers. Hard to put down, this would interest many who are not particularly involved with motoring. The diversity and range of his learning is truly impressive.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again


Feedback