Author Event with Steve Lehto

Author Event with Steve Lehto steve lehto preston tucker mclean and eakin booksellers author book bookstore battle to build the car of tomorrow

We are pleased to partner with the Petoskey District Library in welcoming Steve Lehto, author of Preston Tucker and His Battle to Build the Car of Tomorrow. Steve’s event will take place in the Carnegie Building, adjoining the Crooked Tree Arts Center (the old library) on Friday, June 23rd at 7 p.m. This event is hosted by the Petoskey District Library and reservations are requested. Lehto’s book on automotive history was recently named a 2017 Michigan Notable Book. Lehto will visit the Petoskey District Library as a stop on the Michigan Notable Book tour. Each year, the Library of Michigan features 20 books which are about or set in Michigan or the Great Lakes region or are written by a Michigan author. For more information, please contact the library at 231.758.3100 or visit their website by clicking here. Reservations can be made via their online calendar.

After World War II, the American automobile industry was reeling. Having spent years building tanks and airplanes for the army, the car companies would need years more to retool their production to meet the demands of the American public, for whom they had not made any cars since 1942.  And then in stepped Preston Tucker. This salesman extraordinaire from Ypsilanti, Michigan, had built race cars before the war, and had designed prototypes for the military during it. Now, gathering a group of brilliant automotive designers, engineers, and promoters, he announced the creation of a revolutionary new car: the Tucker '48, the first car in almost a decade to be built fresh from the ground up. Tucker's car would include ingenious advances in design and engineering that other car companies could not match. With a rear engine, rear-wheel drive, a safety-glass windshield that would pop out in case of an accident, a padded dashboard, independent suspension, and automatic transmission, it would be more attractive and aerodynamic—and safer—than any other car on the road.  But as the public eagerly awaited Tucker's car of tomorrow, powerful forces in Washington were trying to bring him down. An SEC commissioner with close ties to Detroit's Big Three automakers deliberately leaked information about an investigation the agency was conducting, suggesting that Tucker was bilking investors with a massive fraud scheme. Headlines accused him a perpetrating a hoax and claimed that his cars weren't real and his factory was a sham. In fact, the Tucker '48 sedan was genuine, and everyone who saw it was impressed by what this upstart carmaker had achieved. But the SEC's investigation had compounded the company's financial problems and management conflicts, and a superior product was not enough to keep Tucker's dream afloat. Here, Steve Lehto tackles the story of Tucker's amazing rise and tragic fall, relying on a huge trove of documents that has been used by no other writer to date. It is the first comprehensive, authoritative account of Tucker's magnificent car and his battles with the government. And in this book, Lehto finally answers the questions automobile aficionados have wondered about for decades: Exactly how and why was the production of such an innovative car killed?

Steve Lehto is the author of Chrysler's Turbine Car, Death's Door, Drawn to Injustice, and The Great American Jet Pack, among others. His articles have been published by the Huffington Post, Michigan History, and other publications. Lehto is also a weekly columnist at RoadandTrack.com.

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Friday, June 23, 2017 - 7:00pm
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Preston Tucker and His Battle to Build the Car of Tomorrow Cover Image
By Steve Lehto, Jay Leno (Foreword by)
$27.99
ISBN: 9781613749531
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Chicago Review Press - July 2016

After World War II, the American automobile industry was reeling. Having spent years building tanks and airplanes for the army, the car companies would need years more to retool their production to meet the demands of the American public, for whom they had not made any cars since 1942.


Chrysler's Turbine Car: The Rise and Fall of Detroit's Coolest Creation Cover Image
By Steve Lehto, Jay Leno (Foreword by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781613743454
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Published: Chicago Review Press - May 2012

"Fascinating." --Vanity Fair "A delightful history." --Wall Street Journal In 1964, Chrysler gave the world a glimpse of the future. The automaker built a fleet of turbine cars--automobiles with jet engines--and lent them out to members of the public. The fleet logged over a million miles; the exercise was a raging success.


Dodge Daytona and Plymouth Superbird: Design, Development, Production and Competition Cover Image
$39.95
ISBN: 9781613252048
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Cartech - February 4th, 2016

In the fiercely competitive world of NASCAR, every manufacturer was looking for a competitive edge. Ford and Chrysler turned their attention to the aerodynamics of their race cars, resulting in a brief era affectionately called the Aero Wars. During the height of this competition, Chrysler and Ford produced, among other things, cars with radically altered grilles and tail sections.


American Murder Houses: A Coast-To-Coast Tour of the Most Notorious Houses of Homicide Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780425262511
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Berkley Books - February 3rd, 2015

There are places in the United States of America where violent acts of bloodshed have occurred.
Years may pass--even centuries--but the mark of death remains.
They are known as Murder Houses.


The New Lemon Law Bible: Everything the Smart Consumer Needs to Know about Automobile Law Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781468046489
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - December 30th, 2011

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