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This much needed book is the first to provide a comprehensive history of the profession and aesthetics of American automobile design. The author reveals how the appearance of the automobile was shaped by the social conflicts arising from America's mass production system. He connects the social struggles of American society with the organizational struggles of designers to create symbol-laden substitutes for the American dream. Theoretically sophisticated, lucid and compelling, Auto-Opium will appeal to all interested in the American obsession with the car.A Social History of American Automobile Design David Gartman ... Huge body overhangs, pillowy soft springs, tiny wheels and brake drums, and absurdly slow steering all made these huge dream ... They consumed more gasoline, oil, and tires, and even minor collisions were costly to repair due to the huge expanses of anbsp;...

Author:David Gartman
Publisher:Routledge - 2013-01-11


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