The British Car Industry: Our Part in Its Downfall Paperback – 30 Jun 2008
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About the Author
James Ruppert is Professor of English and Alaskan Native Studies at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.
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And, if you are a motoring enthusiast, you'll rapidly find the contents of this book wholly indispensable. After all, the author is a highly knowledgeable motoring journalist, with a plethora of facts - some obscure, some obvious but all interesting - at his disposal.
A highly recommended read.
I stumbled upon this book when searching for an updated copy of 'End of the Road', the excellent book about the downfall of Rover. The description and reviews made me decide to purchase a copy, after which I waited a month for it to arrive!
The book itself is written in a quite clever manner - the authour is giving us a history of the successes, failures, marriages and divorces in the British car industry alongside the chronology of his own father's ownership of cars, initially British, but then moving to foriegn vehicles as the British produce bacame more troublesome to own.
This book is a very interesting read for anyone with an interest in the British car industry, especially those who wonder how such a great industry could have . It goes into quite some detail about the significant events in the industry, with suitably dry wit directed against the many errors and mistakes that the industry made as a matter of routine, in terms of business decisions, design choices, and product quality. One important point is that readers who are not technically-minded will not find the text too heavy; the author has taken great care not to get very technical.
The book does provide an excellent potted history of what was once a world-class industry. Alas, it makes it difficult not to feel that the industry deserved it's fate.
The major disapointment is the presentation of the book - Frankly, it's dreadful.Read more ›
My criticism - it is written with a motoring journalist's lack of rigor - (Not that many things are wrong, in fact I generally become more irritated with most motoring books, due to factual errors) - avoid those bits of the story that do not fit, or cast unsubstantiated assertions. I suppose the nerd in me likes all the details right. [One day someone will write effectively about the role of the British motoring press in the downfall of the British motor industry]. Like reviewer "Walter" I was mildly irritated with the lack of quality of finish and errors in the text.
I have given it 4 stars because the main theme is right, the main supportive facts are all correctly defined and I was entertained and enlivened reading it.
I recommend it, particularly as a gift, to an older motorist.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great read this, has an excellent humour mixed in and thoroughly covers the industry. Easy read and hugely ironic in some partsPublished 7 months ago by zippy
This book is cheap and cheerful, not an adornment to your coffee table, but the contents are amusing yet incisive. Read morePublished 13 months ago by johnD
THIS BOOK SOUND JUST UP MY STREET BUT I HAVE BEEN PUT OFF PURCHASING IT BECAUSE OF NEGATIVE COMMENTS REGARDING TYPOS. Read morePublished 16 months ago by AMAZON READER
A wonderful book and for people of a certain age, like me, an atmospheric and memory-jerking read. For sure, it’s a nicely balanced and I believe accurate account of the decline... Read morePublished on 1 Aug. 2014 by Duncurin
Memory lane in cars just great, A lot of these cars I have owned even a 1975 brown Audi 100 !!Published on 17 May 2013 by Phil Drayton
This is the sort of book you enjoy reading once and then you pick it up to read again and find loads more information that you missed the first time and find yourself reading it... Read morePublished on 2 May 2013 by BD
James Ruppert has approached the disaster of the British car industry from a clever and entertaining angle - that of a perceptive buyer with a car-mad son, who happens to really... Read morePublished on 10 Dec. 2012 by Malcolm Harrild
This is a great read if you're a fan of British Cars and curious about how it all went so wrongPublished on 12 Nov. 2010 by Todd Fitch
I fancied this book after reading other reviews and wasnt disapointed. It brought back memories of cars that either I or my Father owned. Read morePublished on 31 Oct. 2010 by Peter Clarke