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Spirit of Milan: Alfa Romeo Hardcover – Illustrated, 22 Jul 1999


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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Sutton Publishing Ltd; illustrated edition edition (22 July 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750919582
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750919586
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 858,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Sept. 1999
Format: Hardcover
The rise in popularity of the 'classic' car has spawned a vast amount of literature aimed at the many enthusiast's who wish to research and celebrate the history of their favourite car or manufacturer. In this respect, there are many books specialising in the history of Alfa Romeo, but two things set this one apart from the others.
Firstly, there are a number of photographs which I personally had not come across before, some relating to very rare cars, others concerned with aircraft, commercial vehicles and even railway engines, where Alfa had an involvement. This provides an interesting insight into Alfa and it's relationship with Milan in terms of being an important industrial company. As an example, this is reinforced by an interesting WW2 photo testifying that the Milan works was an allied target for bombing raids, and therefore of some strategic importance..
Secondly, as you progress through history in this book, there are small sections devoted to individuals who had a telling influence on the fortunes of the company. This format allows one to dip into the book at random, and find snippets of interest without having to digest great chapters. A nice touch.
One final point is the chapter examining the origin and use of the charismatic cross and serpent emblem of Milan, and it's use as a car mascot. Once again, some interesting 'photos contribute greatly.
A very enjoyable read, and a must for any serious 'Alfista'.
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Amazon.com: 6 reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Alfa Romeo - The Legend Revived 14 Jan. 2000
By David G Styles - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is not a review since, as the author, it would hardly be proper for me to review my own title. However, it is an advice that the book is not, repeat not, out of print and is a Dalton Watson Fine Books title (Dalton Watson is located at P.O.Box 2, Belton, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE12 9UW, England) and the Sterling cover price is £39.95 (thirty nine pounds and ninety nine pence). Hope you find this useful, Amazon. Pat Braden of the Alfa Romeo Owners Club (US) reviewed this book in 1989 and rated it as one of the only two Alfa Romeo books he would ever need - it and the Peter Hull/Roy Slater book. He considered it a five-star book, while the Australian Alfa Romeo Club rated it around four star and also recommended it highly.
Other titles available by this same author, published by Dalton Watson and not listed by Amazon include:- As Old As The Industry - Riley (1982 - 504pp - winner 1983 SAH Cugnot Award - price £39.95) Sporting Rileys - The Forgotten Champions - (1988 - 288pp - winner SAH Award of Distinction - price £24.95)
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The Spirit of Racing? 5 Jun. 2001
By John D - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a beautiful and carefully prepared book. That said, I was disappointed by the preoccupation with racing. The title and subtitle don't adequately warn you that the author knows the name of every race car driver ever associated with Alfa. Individual races are given longer descriptions than entire models of passenger cars. If you want to learn the racing history of Alfa, this is the book for you.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
BEST BOOKS ON ALFA 9 Mar. 2000
By "nouda" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I think this is the best book for not only the enthsiast but for beginers. This book has important picture and photos for understanding ALFA. Moreover writing memos on ALFA. I choose this book in many ALFA books I have. Enjoy reading!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Pretty comprehensive - nicely presented 14 Feb. 2001
By Aaron Kirschnick - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
While it's tough to find one title that says it all - this one does pretty well. If you're just curious about the history of Alfa Romeo, or a fanatic of the marque, as I am, I think you'll find this thoroughly interesting and fulfilling as a historical account. I could go on and on about how fabulous these cars are to drive, but alas, this is a review for a book - and a great one at that: great photos, well-researced text, and an informed spin.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great Book 26 July 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Goes into great detail about the history of Alfa Romeo and has lots of pictures.Mentions probably all models and has pictures of most. I only wish some of the pictures were in color.
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