The Extraordinary Life of Josef Ganz

The Jewish Engineer Behind Hitler's Volkswagen

The Extraordinary Life of Josef Ganz

The astonishing biography of Josef Ganz, a Jewish designer from Frankfurt, who in May 1931 created a revolutionary small car: the Maikafer (German for May bug). Seven years later Hitler introduced the Volkswagen. He not only 'took' the concept of Ganz's family car, he even used the same nickname. To this day the VW Beetle or Bug is considered one of the most important of all automobile designs. It incorporated many of the features of Ganz's original Maikafer, yet until recently Ganz received no recognition for his pioneering work. The Nazis did all they could to keep the Jewish godfather of the German compact car out of the history books. Now Paul Schilperoord sets the record straight. In a biography that reads like a spy thriller, he tells how Ganz was imprisoned by the Gestapo, until an influential friend with connections to Goring helped secure his release. Soon afterwards he was forced to flee Germany while Porsche created the Volkswagen for Hitler using many of his groundbreaking ideas. Ganz was hunted by the Nazis even beyond Germany's borders and narrowly escaped assassination. After the war he moved to Australia, where he died in 1967. This biography is a great read for anyone interested in World War II, Jewish history, the evolution of car design or simply the life stories of extraordinary individuals."

The Full Scoop on BS

The Full Scoop on BS

To truly be the full scoop instead of another load of BS, The Full Scoop on BS differentiates between types that are less or more harmful and reasonably explains why they differ. It examines the roots of that ubiquitous entity and the skill deficits which so often enable the worst kinds of BS. It provides a practical means of detection and eradication of the most-harmful types. In the process, this book promotes conscious, functional thought processes. Humour and anecdotes, and humorous anecdotes, help keep the normally academic concepts tangible, relevant and applicable to most people's lives. Despite the profane aspect of the topic and the sometimes-profane vocabulary of the author, no profanity appears anywhere within. Polite society often condemns profanity even though many past societies were treacherous, murderous and none too polite. Such is the nature of a world filled with BS.

Engines of Change

A History of the American Dream in Fifteen Cars

Engines of Change

Chronicles the history reflected by fifteen iconic car models to discuss how automobiles reflect key cultural shifts as well as developments in such areas as manufacturing, women's rights, and environmental awareness.