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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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4 di 4 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle Amazing book! Re-shaped everything I thought I knew about the volkswagen's origin 2 febbraio 2015
Di Clark - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Copertina flessibile Acquisto verificato
Amazing book; re-shaped everything I thought I knew about the volkswagen's origin. I had just finished reading a library copy, and I wanted to own a copy to pore over the many outstanding illustrations. Well-written but extremely detailed. Looks like Schilperoord wanted to provide ALL the details so this book would not need to be re-written again later. The slowly progressing, detailed description of a gifted Jewish engineer during the Nazification of Germany was fascinating, even if I didn't care about the cars. I admit, my assumption was that after the war everything just got rebuilt and the country got a "do-over". I had never considered what happened to patents and inventions which had been legally confiscated from Jewish citizens after those laws were eventually revoked. Ganz had to fight and fight to get any of the compensation that was due. (e.g. a royalty on every car produced with his patented swing-arm, tubular chassis rear-engined design) And all the bad guys who didn't get hanged (which was most of them) were still fighting to keep their ill-gotten gains. He sued one of the companies who sold many cars based on his designs, and they counter-sued for the defamation he had caused them by suing them! This book, (along with /They Thought They Were Free/) paints an amazing picture of what it's like to live in a country as it descends into fascism.

Highly recommended! But buy it from someone other that this seller, who couldn't be bothered to even put the book in the mail for three weeks.
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4.0 su 5 stelle The Extraordinary Life of Josef Ganz: Purchased at Amazon.com 22 novembre 2014
Di dep - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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Now I can say that I know the real history of the Volkswagen. A well written and well researched book that for the first time tells the story of the Volkswagen and it's originator, Josef Ganz. Josef was a Hungarian Jew and a whiz at all things technical, especially when it came to one of his pet projects which was a dream to build a car. Not just a car though, but a certain type of car. Unfortunately for Josef, while he was in the midst of creating his dream vehicle, the country of Germany was where he lived. When the Nazi's came along in the 1930's Josef was one of their prime targets. This was a great book, I gave it four stars only because some of the technical information becomes a bit long winded. I'm glad I know the real history of this beloved car and of Josef Ganz who saw his dream come true and then watched it slip away.
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5.0 su 5 stelle History of the invention of the VW beetle design. 22 giugno 2013
Di Piet Hein - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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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
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5.0 su 5 stelle The story behind the story! 13 dicembre 2012
Di Lewis Sofman - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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The mainstream story is always the accepted story, however the real origins reveal the truth. The author researched the life of Josef Ganz quite well, establishing that his idea was the impetus to bring forth a volkswagen, a people's car. He was in the right place at the wrong time, due to the turmoil of anti-semitism in Nazi Germany. At least Ganz survived and was able to continue his life's passion as best as he could. I am a VW enthusiast, having owned many air cooled examples in my collection through the years, with The Thing as my overall favorite. I have always gone with the Porsche origin story. The book is an excellent read, recommended for any person with interest in VW and automotive history. I'm glad to read the true story behind the story!
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5.0 su 5 stelle A good resource for the original person with the idea for ... 24 ottobre 2016
Di omaomaoma - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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A good resource for the original person with the idea for the VW who had to flee Germany because he was a Jew. Someone else later got the job to complete Hitler's plan for the "people's car."