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Bug: The Strange Mutations Of The World's Most Famous Automobile

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"Herbie." "Punchbuggy." "Beetle." The world's most recognizable automobile goes by many noms de plume. But did you know that the "Love Bug" was originally conceived as Hitler's "car of the people," or that it was the Manson "family"'s car of choice?Tapping into Americans' continuing obsession with the VW Bug, Phil Patton has written a kaleidoscopic history of the car from ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published June 2nd 2004 by Da Capo Press (first published September 3rd 2002)
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Bill
A really fun book that documents this cultural icon from Hitler's pet project to that zeitgeist shape of the late 1990s: the Bondi Blue iMac, its erstwhile partner in design.
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As a VW owner and semi-enthusiast, I found this book to be very informative and entertaining to read. Appealing to the historian-cum-car geek in all of us.
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Phil Patton is a contributing editor at Departures, Esquire, and I.D., a contributing writer at Wired and an automotive design writer for The New York Times. Phil was a regular contributor to The New York Times Home and Garden section and, in 1998, originated the "Public Eye" column. He has written many books including: Made in USA: The Secret Histories of the Things That Made America (Grove-Weide ...more
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