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The Extraordinary Life of Josef Ganz: The Jewish Engineer Behind Hitler's Volkswagen (Inglese) Copertina rigida – 16 nov 2011

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7 di 8 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
good read, except that it tries to gain points on conspiracy theories 14 gennaio 2012
Di Book Lover from EU - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Copertina rigida
This book would be much better if it simply allowed itself to be a biography of the great Josef Ganz, rather than trying to prove that he was "the founder of the Beetle". Ganz is and was exceptional, but his being exceptional does not depend on him having to have created a car which was not created by him, but was of course influenced by him and his work, as it was influenced by many others.
1 di 1 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
History of the invention of the VW beetle design. 22 giugno 2013
Di Piet Hein - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Copertina rigida Acquisto verificato
I am a car nut. I enjoy cars. I have owned many and have 7 at the present time, because there is not room for more.
I purchased this english translation after reading the original issue in Dutch.Nothing is lost in translation. Ludwinka the designer of the rear engined Tatra has often been credited with developing the original VW concept, and then having it stolen by Porsche. VW actually paid Tatra damages for this alledged theft. However none of that story is as well documented, as conclusively proven, via copies of articles, blueprints, drawings and innumerable other concrete and indisputable facts such as photographs, as the contents of this book. Joseph Ganz was a genius and obviously a fanatic about his swing axle rear-engined motorcar design. Although he published a magazine that carried every thought he ever had about anything automotive, and most of those thoughts were derogatory ones about the lackluster and statusquo designs of the then major european motor car manufacturers of that time, none would so much as even look at his novel and brilliant rear engined vehicle design with fully indepent suspension.So as any fanatic would when his ideas are held up for public ridicule and the ravings of an idiot, he set out to build his own prototype in the shop of a benevolent and willing carmaker. He built his car from full sized drawings and within a few months had built a fully functioning vehicle exactly like the concept he had written and spoken about for at least a decade. He called the little car MayBug, because it was small and the shape resembled a small bug. His idea and his creation were presented to Hitler; unfortunately Ganz was a Jew. He managed to escape, but the design took form via the People's car. The story is amazing and almost unbelievable, and then there are the photo's the reprints of the articles he wrote and it believeable again. This man, by himself, with only a drafting table and his brains and some incredible engineering skills fully developed a functional vehicle design. No laboratories, no test mules, no design budget, NOTHING but brains and fanatical belief in his concept. It is book about history of the period just before Hitler became Chancellor of Germany and WWII, it is a book about a young man with a dream and it is absolutely one of the most fascinating automotive stories ever told. And (as I said) documented to a fairtheewell.Piet Hein
2 di 3 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
Excellent work, lived up to expectation 9 novembre 2012
Di EarlB - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Copertina rigida
I'm not really into cars. I heard about this guy's research about Ganz before he wrote the book, and I was interested. Before purchasing it, I was worried that it would be purely technical and engineering in content with little about Ganz himself. But now that I'm reading it, it's just great - a perfect balance of interest, not drifting away from Ganz; this Schilperoord guy really did his research. It's also wonderful to see that the translation is good, which is unfortunately unusual with these foreign-language books. What's more, the reader also appreciates that it's not a conspiracy type of book: that is, it doesn't over-emphasise that Hitler stole Ganz's Volkswagen.

A great read, well worth the time and price. My only setback was that it doesn't have an index, which is useful for reference after one's finished reading it, but the book itself makes up for that.
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Wishful Thinking 3 gennaio 2013
Di Berto - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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Josef Ganz was a talented auto magazine editor and engineer. He was unsuccessful in his dreams of building a people's car due to the times in which he lived and being Jewish during the Nazi rule. He never was really able to get solid financial backing to put his ideas in place. Josef Ganz was never connected to the Volkswagen Company or the VW Beetle. He was just one of many auto engineers who dreamed of building a People's Car. He did build a small car named the Standard Superior 1933-1935, but he never was the father or spiritual father of the VW. One of the problems with this book is, the use of the name Volkswagen. The reader has trouble telling when the author is using it as a generic name widely used to describe all small affordable cars in that period or Volkswagen the auto manufacturing company. Porsche used the term Volksauto, Hitler in 1938 named the Beetle the KdF wagen, the British, in 1945, officially named the car the Volkswagen. Seeing Ganz's Standard Superior, built in 1938, would not remind one of a VW, but seeing Porsches V-3 in 1936 or his V-30 one would notice a very striking resemblance to the 1949 Beetle or the 2012 VW Beetle. The V in V-3 is short for Versuch, which stands for experimental and not volkswagen. When the author uses the name Swiss Volkswagen in the book, it is not speaking of a VW Beetle but rather in a generic sense, to his small Standard Superior, which he tried to get manufactured in Switzerland. This book is confusing to readers not familiar with the true history of the VW Beetle. Porsche was familiar with Ganz and they respected each other. Had the playing field been level at that time, they would have been friendly competitors of rival auto companies. After the war, Josef Ganz was in poor health and in financial straits in Australia. He contacted Heinz Nordhoff asking for a consulting job. They were negotiating that when health problems struck Ganz and they were never able to complete negotiations. Nordhoff did send Ganz some money to help him through a tough spot. This is a wonderful book about a talented man and his dreams, but no, it is not about a man in anyway connected to the VW Beetle or it father or spiritual founder.
Historically Interesting but 30 aprile 2014
Di jcbl - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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While historically interesting, this book was not particularly well written. Felt like a first effort from someone who had done a lot of research to get the story on an interesting bit of automotive history but just couldn't get it into a well written interesting narrative.