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Old 26th February 2013, 22:26   #31
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Outstanding book if you want to know how cars are made (design, production, the people factor, technicalities etc.).

On the other hand, if you are looking at the business & management side of things, you'll be disappointed. Consider the other options on this thread instead (Iacocca, Maruti, Once Upon a Car etc.).
GTO, I have been looking for a car book "The Book of Car" by Readers Digest. As per my dad, it is a 80's book and very well organized collection for every car enthusiasts. I have searched in Internet, but no luck. Do you have any idea on this book? I have asked this in the Book thread under Shifting Gears but no response received yet.
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GTO, I have been looking for a car book "The Book of Car" by Readers Digest. As per my dad, it is a 80's book and very well organized collection for every car enthusiasts. I have searched in Internet, but no luck. Do you have any idea on this book? I have asked this in the Book thread under Shifting Gears but no response received yet.
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It's a good book but a bit dated for current automotive technicalities. Most cars depicted are old models, however the mechanical section would be fairly relevant as is the section on good driving technique. Was one of the best when launched.

Incidentally, Reader's Digest itself downed it's shutters last month after being referred to Chapter 11 in the US.
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Incidentally, Reader's Digest itself downed it's shutters last month after being referred to Chapter 11 in the US.
Thanks VeyronSuperSprt for the response!

Is there anyway to get a soft copy(I know none of the download links is working)from anyone in the Team-BHP? Not sure, but it will be great if it happens so.
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Thanks VeyronSuperSprt for the response!

Is there anyway to get a soft copy(I know none of the download links is working)from anyone in the Team-BHP? Not sure, but it will be great if it happens so.
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On the other hand, if you are looking at the business & management side of things, you'll be disappointed.
I was disappointed with Mary Walton's Car and needed a good "car book" dose. Started reading The Maruti Story : RC Bhargava again This time, on the Kindle (now available as an e-book on Amazon & Flipkart).

The Maruti Story is a must-read for any Indian petrolhead.

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Finished reading "I invented the Modern Age" by Richard Snow. It is a biography on Henry Ford!

I picked it up since I like reading non-fiction and the title seemed to be very interesting but the book did not keep up!

Some sections about car history and it's development in America were very interesting - like; The Selden Suit, Development of the Internal Combustion Engine and of course the Ford Model T, the Rogue Plant among some other events.

However, on the whole I found going through the book a little tiresome and towards the end just wanted it to finish. Also the book exposes some of Ford's eccentricities and his stubborn unwillingness to change the Model T in any way, which seemed to punch too many holes in a figure that I admire.
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Gautam Sen has come out with a new book called A Million Cars for A Billion People. The book takes us through the history and evolution of the people's car in the Indian automobile scene.

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Hi Everyone, is there a book which can help a novice come up to speed with the mechanics of an automobile. So a one stop book which can clearly explain in basic terms (but still being technical) how does an engine work, what are the basic parts and their functions, how does the steering system, the transmission, suspension etc work?

I know internet is the best for such learnings, what with videos, voice overs etc. But it helps to have all this information in publish form to read anytime.
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Small wonder- The Making of Nano by Chacko Philip is a book that enjoyed the most.

Prior to reading this book, I would always mock Nano whenever I saw it on the road.

After reading this I had a new found respect for Nano. It is a moving account on the struggles and obstacles the Tata Motors and their engineers had to overcome to bring their dream product on to the road.


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You can go through this link Books and Web Resources on Vehicle & Automobile tech

Automotive Mechanics by Crouse and Anglin is a good place to start.
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Gautam Sen has come out with a new book called A Million Cars for A Billion People. The book takes us through the history and evolution of the people's car in the Indian automobile scene.
Read a couple of chapters of this book. Interesting read, and a good insight into the history of the Indian car scene. However, it lacks depth. For instance, there's no real detail about the 309 & Uno fiasco of the nineties, Opel's failure, Daewoos exit etc. These were very important events.

A decent quick read. Will give it 3 stars out of 5.

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Hi Everyone, is there a book which can help a novice come up to speed with the mechanics of an automobile. So a one stop book which can clearly explain in basic terms (but still being technical) how does an engine work, what are the basic parts and their functions, how does the steering system, the transmission, suspension etc work?
This book is the kind of guide you're looking for.

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Small wonder- The Making of Nano by Chacko Philip is a book that enjoyed the most.
Thanks! Hope it's available on Kindle soon. I gave up on paper a long time back.
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The highly rated "Arrogance and Accords: The Inside Story of the Honda Scandal" book is now available on Kindle!

Hard copies of this book cost over $300. Bought it for Rs. 400 on Kindle. Looking forward to reading it in the monsoons.

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For those interested in vintage & classic cars, George Bishop's "Classic Cars" is a good addition to one's collection. A fat, lavishly illustrated hard cover book, it covers most classic cars including the Minerva, Maybach, Talbot-Lago and most others of similar vintage. I see Amazon .com has it in its listing, but notes that it is "currently out of stock".

I bought it a long, long time ago from the Flora Fountain footpath stalls in Mumbai, sometime in the 80's.
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Linking to the book on Kanwar / Apollo Tyres & my review of it - link (The man behind the wheel: Biography of Apollo Tyres' Kanwar).
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Hello good people of Team-BHP,

My name is Ronak and this is my first thread on TeamBHP.

I am currently studying Master of Finance from Frankfurt School of Finance & Management in Frankfurt, Germany.

As part of course curriculum, I am required to write a Master Thesis from a wide range of given topics, or, any other topic in which I have deep interests and would like to further research on it.

Being an automotive enthusiast, I am inclined towards writing a thesis on the automotive industry of India. My idea is to write a thesis covering the larger spectrum of the industry and not just limited to the sales number of cars and bikes. I plan to research on the growth and expansion of the industry, how the internal & external economy, technology, purchasing power, local & global tax rates, inflation, etc. helped grow and shape this industry and simultaneously, the shortfalls of such acts.

The entire industry (including 2, 3, 4 wheeler, commercial vehicles & future vehicles such as hybrid cars, electric cars & driverless cars) is based in the fastest growing economy and how country's growth will affect automotive industry seems to be a very interesting topic for my thesis. The working title of my thesis is "Empirical Study on Past, Present & Future of Indian Automotive Industry"

To help me research on my thesis, I request all the distinguished senior BHPians, fellow members of the community and friends to suggest to me some books/periodicals/journals/research papers/literature published over the course of years, which, more or less, describes the connection between the economy of India with its automotive sector. My thesis is due next year but I plan to order your suggested books/materials and start researching on the topic as early as possible.

Needless to say, all the due credits will be given in my thesis and I am absolutely aware of the anti-plagiarism rules and regulations that my college has imposed.

I look upon Team-BHP in high regards and believe this is the right place to ask for suggestions. I am sure members of this community won't disappoint me. Please help!

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Thanks a lot @romydeora for this. I can use whatever books that this thread suggests for my book club discussions as well as personal reading lists.

For now I have two recommendations for you:

1) The Toyota Way by Jeffrey K. Liker: It's a book that would be a perfect starting point for your thesis. It covers fourteen management principles that were enforced in Toyota's Japan factories and has a dedicated chapter (a vivid insight that) into the Kanban principle. The best part about this book is that it reads like any other NYT Fiction bestseller. True it's not India specific but the topic is a very good tangent to understand the general history of Toyota cars. Goodreads link.

2) Small Wonder by Philip Chacko, Christabelle Noronha and Sujata Agrawal: Despite the varied opinions we have on the Tata Nano, the car's lifespan from its birth to what it is today is a story in itself. This one is an authorized biography, that lists the various stages in its product life-cycle. It's more of an overview than a deep insightful look into the teething engineering problems but still merits a read. Goodreads link.

You can look under the Non-Fiction label in Goodreads for further choices. And I shall hover over this thread if I find some notable recommendations from time to time.
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