Daimler & Benz: the Complete History : The Birth and Evolution of the Mercedes-Benz, Hardback

Daimler & Benz: the Complete History : The Birth and Evolution of the Mercedes-Benz Hardback

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The official history of two of the world's pioneering automotive firms, lavishly illustrated with over 400 color photographs (some never before seen), noted author Dennis Adler tells the inside story of 80 years of automotive excellence.

June 26, 2006 marks one of the important dates in automotive history: the merger of the Daimler and Benz motor companies.

In this official history, written in cooperation with Daimler Motors, noted automobile historian Adler presents a decade-by-decade look at the evolution of one of the world's leading car companies.

The book opens in early days of three pioneers, Karl Benz, Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach, and the birth of Mercedes, the modern motor car.

It describes the Great War years, followed by the merger that created this classic car company in 1926.

From there it takes a decade-by-decade approach, tracing the inter-war years, the rebirth after the destruction of German industry in World War II, and the succeeding years of prosperity and automotive excellence. With an introduction by racing legend Sir Stirling Moss, and new and archival photographs (some never before published), this book will become the standard for all Mercedes fanciers worldwide.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 288 pages, 300 4-colour illustrations
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
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  • Category: Motor cars: general interest
  • ISBN: 9780060890261



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To call this book "The Complete History" is a bit of a stretch, as it's a little too hagiographic for that. I was enjoying it well enough though, at least until I got to the portion dealing with Mercedes-Benz and the Second World War. While I'm not expecting Adler to be a muckracker, simply too much bad-faith behavior is glossed over (or blamed on a few bad Germans) and I pretty much set the book aside. So do yourself a favor if you prefer not to dwell on the late-unpleasantness of the 1940s, and skip said chapter. Otherwise hunt down Neil Gregor's "Daimler-Benz in the Third Reich," where you will learn a great deal about the nature of the German production system and the degree of complicity of German automotive upper management with Nazi politics.

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