For an author who flaunts his research credentials, I am put off by the factual errors and flippant casual remarks that are entirely wrong. Example1. mentions the "steamer twins" when referring to the Stanley brothers who invented the Stanley Steamer...but then refers to them as the "Stanley Twins" some pages later.
2. equates "two-stroke" as meaning the same as "two cylinder".
3. mentions the replacement of hand cranking a motor with electric ignition, rather than electric starters.
It goes on and on, little errors here and there and after about 40 pages of this I have set it aside. I probably will flip through it a bit some day, but I am very disappointed. I am a hard-core car buff and hoped to find some real hidden treasures in this book. Those treasures are probably there but I hesitate to believe other facts when I find errors that are easy to spot. How many other mistakes will I not recognize and take for the truth.
Fact-checking is mandatory for this kind of historical reference and an author with Masters Degrees in research related fields should be a "master" at it. He should have stuck with used records and comic books. I feel like I was cheated out of my $16.
- Hardcover: 146 pages
- Publisher: History Press Library Editions (January 25, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1540202852
- ISBN-13: 978-1540202857
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 358 g
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