Pioneers, Engineers, and Scoundrels

2005 Thomas McKean Memorial Cup Winner - Voted most important original research in automobile history by The Antique Automobile Club of America
Best Of Books Winner - 2005 International Automotive Media Awards
2005 International Automotive Media Award for Lifetime Achievement Honorary - Author Beverly Rae Kimes

This "cast of characters" provides the lens through which award-winning author Beverly Rae Kimes focuses on the early years of the American automobile industry. While some names - Ford, Dodge, Buick, and more - are easily recognized, this book also introduces snapshots of lesser known, but vitally important actors in this dramatic saga.

The famous, the infamous, and the unknown are brought together by their common dedication to this great invention - and united by the fascinating stories that characterize each person.

This book presents a unique and engagingly written portrait of the American automobile industry's early years, focusing on the individuals who dreamed, schemed, innovated, succeeded and failed in their quests for fame, fortune, glory, and knowledge. This is a book that tells a story like no other - a history of America, Americans, and their love affair with the "horse-less carriage."

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  • 2004-11-30
  • Published by SAE International with a Product Code of R-358, ISBN of 978-0-7680-8133-6, and 558 pages in a softbound binding.
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"When you understand the literal mountain of material author Beverly Rae Kimes had at her disposal, the many interesting stories she could have told in detail, and the scope of the change that was taking place at breakneck speed, it is nothing short of a miracle that she was able to craft a book as concise, satisfying, and fascinating as this one. Judging from the 558 pages and how they flash by as you find yourself gobbling up every word, it is safe to say that Ms. Kimes isn’t just a writer, she’s an artist. I can do nothing less than give Pioneers, Engineers, and Scoundrels my highest recommendation, and urge anyone with even the slightest interest in the early days of the automobile and the men and women who made it all happen to purchase this book." - Christopher A. Sawyer, The Virtual Driver
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"I found the book as delicious as the title. Kimes' book takes the reader through vignettes about the earliest experimenters, entrepreneurs, rich dilenttantes and downright crooks beginning in the late 1800s through the 1920s. Kimes, who also co-authored Standard Catalog of American Cars, 1805-1942, is a master of this subject matter and uses this book to tell us the human side of the story behind the technical facts and figures found in her ealier encyclopedia. She has written an absorbing book that is eminently readable, not only for those of us interested in old cars, but also for those of us who watch, use, create and/or invest in today's technological marvels." - K.F. Hrabak, Old Cars Weekly News and Marketplace

"Beverly Rae Kimes has written an absolutely delightful book, both entertaining and informative, on one of the world's greatest inventions, the automobile. It is a chronological study of the cars as well as the inventors, engineers, businessmen, and con artists who made horseless carriage history from the 1800s through the 1920s... There are hundreds of insightful quotes, including this from Henry Ford, delivered in response to his partner's proposal to build a bigger 6-cylinder car: "A car should have no more cylinders than a cow has teats." Many more anecdotes bring life to Ms. Kimes's trip down the highway of automotive history." - New York Times

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