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4.0 out of 5 stars A refreshing look at the history of Alfa Romeo and Milan, 13 Sept. 1999
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This review is from: Spirit of Milan: Alfa Romeo (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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Spirit of Milan: Alfa Romeo by David G. Styles (Hardcover - 22 July 1999)
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