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Product details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (1 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752484605
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752484600
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 13 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 177,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Giles Chapman is an award-winning writer and commentator on the industry, history and culture of cars. He began his career in 1984 in automotive consultancy, moving into magazine publishing in 1985. By 1991, he was editor of Classic & Sports Car, the world's best-selling classic car magazine. Since 1994, he's worked freelance across a huge variety of media. Today, he contributes to national newspapers and motoring publications, and was voted Jeep Consumer Journalist Of The Year in 2005, BCA Feature Writer Of The Year in 2008, and AA Environment Writer Of The Year 2011.

He's the author of almost 40 books including 'My Dad Had One Of Those' (co-written with Top Gear's Richard Porter) that was a non-fiction hardback best-seller in 2007 and has since sold almost 170,000 copies. This makes it one of the best-selling - and most popular - car books of all time.

His book 'Chapman's Car Compendium' won the Montagu of Beaulieu Trophy in 2008. Dorling Kindersley's 'The Car Book', published in 2011 and on which Giles Chapman was Editor-In-Chief, won wide acclaim as well as advance orders for 81.000 copies in several language editions. He's also worked with BBC Top Gear over many years.

Giles Chapman's reputation for painstaking research and entertaining writing is reflected in praise from some of the most demanding independent critics. Here is a selection.

Car Badges: 'Superbly researched... crammed with anecdotes, obscure facts on other key elements of car design, and highly authoritative' - London Evening Standard. 'This not only makes sitting in traffic jams more interesting but it's also social and industrial history' - The Spectator. 'Massive, valuable and interesting' - Motor Sport magazine.

Chapman's Car Compendium: 'Open this book at any page and you're bound to find something fun' - Autoweek magazine. 'Even the best-informed petrolhead is guaranteed to learn something new' - 4car website.

The Car Book: 'Everyone in our office was taken aback by the depth of this impressive work' - Classic & Sports Car magazine, where it was Book Of The Month in June 2011. 'This thumping hardback blows all preconceptions out of the weeds. With a decade-by-decade breakdown of automotive history, it's packed with detail' - Octane magazine.

The Land Rover Story: 'Fine investigation into the development of the Land Rover' - Classic & Sports Car magazine. 'Chapman has produced another good 'un with this potted look at Britain's mighty Landie in all its flavours' - Octane magazine.

His most recent two titles, Cars We Loved In The 1980s and Racing Driver: How To Drive Racing Cars Step By Step, are published in 2014.

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About the Author

Giles Chapman is an award-winning writer and commentator on the industry, history, and culture of cars. He's the former editor of "Classic & Sports Car," the world's bestselling classic car magazine, and is the author of more than 15 books including "Car Emblems," "The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Extraordinary Automobiles," and "Top Gear: My Dad Had One Of Those."

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mapp on 6 Oct 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is a super little book which deals with the Beetle from its origins and development to the present day. It's full of colour photos, fascinating facts and is written in an accessible style, which makes you want to delve into it time and time again. An absolute bargain and would make a great gift for any Beetle fan.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Lesley Stocks on 26 July 2013
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Ordered this book for my partner who had read a review and it was delivered quickly my partner was very impressed and would recommend this book to any VW enthusiast
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Amazon.com: 4 reviews
This book is a great companion to Thinking Small 23 July 2014
By M. Long - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is a great companion to Thinking Small. I would like to see more books on the remarkable Bug. Anyone who is interested in the history of the Beetle should definitely read this!
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Not bad 15 Jun 2013
By G Young - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a very small book to cover the entire story of the VW Beetle. And so to expect this nicely written little book to be an authority on the subject is to miss what I think the purpose of the book is - to introduce readers to the story who can then followup with one or more of the many books that are out there that are authoritative and more thorough. Very friendly book to read as you feel like a friend is sharing the information. A special note: Photographs are reprinted in a very clean and clear manner so that photos I have seen in many other books on the subject are now seen more clearly than ever before, often revealing some new detail.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Beetlefan 26 July 2013
By Bob - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Small book, just as compact as the car--got it as a gift for son who likes the older Bugs with upgrades.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great book for the beetle lover! 14 Jan 2013
By Austin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I got this book for my dad who is really into VW's, especially the Beetles. I can't say anything from experience with this book, but my dad loves it!
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