The Automobile: An American Cultural Icon

Runner Up New York Book Festival – Best Compilation/Anthology

 

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Runner Up New York Book Festival - Best Compilation/Anthology

The year 1886 is regarded as the birth year of the modern car. In that year, German inventor Karl Benz built the Benz Patent-Motorwagen, powered by an internal combustion engine. Today's automobiles are equipped with controls used for driving, parking, passenger comfort and safety, normally operated by the use of feet and hands, and occasionally by voice on 2000s-era cars. Controls are evolving in response to new technologies, for example the electric car and the integration of mobile communications.

Rapidly increasing oil prices, concerns about oil dependence, tightening environmental laws, and restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions are propelling work on alternative power systems. This book takes a look at the development of cars since 1896 and speculates about the nature of the automobiles of the future.

Author

David Ritchey

Cover

Paperback

Size

5.5 x 8.5

Pages

112

ISBN

9781946664310

Year Published

2018

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About the Author

After being educated in economics at Yale University, David Ritchey served five years as an officer in the U.S. Navy, including a year in Vietnam. Back in civilian life, he initially became a businessman as he had been trained but, suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, he dropped out, got a divorce, moved to a remote old stone farmhouse and took up fine art photography as his vocation, winning over 60 awards during the next fifteen years.

During that period, he became fascinated with the psychology and neurology of both creativity and metaphysics and returned to school to train as a psychotherapist. During his fifteen years of clinical practice specializing in hypnotherapy, he undertook a twelve-year project to research and write about such subjects and his first book, The H.I.S.S. of the A.S.P., was published in 2003. Writing proved to be every bit as rewarding as photography and became his primary vocation. Being an inveterate learner, he focused on non-fiction subjects, enjoying the research as much as the writing. His more than forty published works have won over 25 literary awards. His books can be found at www.davidritchey-author.com and online book stores.

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His avocations have included scuba diving, sailing, skiing, tennis, golf, gardening, woodworking, dogs, magic, bridge, and Scrabble. He has two adult children, Harper and Mac, and one almost-adult grandchild, Brendan. He lives in historic Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and spends most of his time either writing or engaging in stimulating conversations over restaurant meals with close friends.