Hitler's Chariots: Mercedes-benz G-4 Cross-country Touring Car (Schiffer Military History Book) (英語) ハードカバー – 2009/3/28
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This book is the first ever illustrated study on the often photographed - but never fully explained - mechanical marvel, the Mercedes-Benz G-4 cross-country touring car, the vehicle that carried Adolf Hitler across much of Europe before and during World War II. Culled from the rich photo archives of Daimler-Benz, as well as from captured German albums in U.S. archives, this work depicts the G-4 in fascinating images and detailed text. Volume 2 will cover the Daimler-Benz 770K Grosser Mercedes.
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the most today involving device of human history: automobile!
Full of original pictures of Adolf and his friends with a lot of others
in this beautifully car!
A must in the library of this part of history!
The major problem is that this isn't a reference book on the G4 but is essentially a picture book of Hitler & Hitlerites on tour interspersed with many pages of pointless quotes from other books such as "Hitler's Personal Security" (which I own) and even quotes from the author's previous works(!) And while I'm on the subject, there are MANY useless photos of the Fuhrer and his minions which have nothing at all to do with the G4. The book could have easily been 1/3 to 1/2 the size by weeding out the useless filler.
Any technical information is thinly spread across the volume and in photo captions. It would have been much better having a technical section listing the specs and variations of the vehicle with an intelligent choice of illustrations. Photo captions should have been concise and to the point. Line drawings would have been nice and a color profile page would have been icing on the cake. As a previous reviewer noted there are a number of poorly scanned, artifact-covered photos that could have easily been cleaned by simply choosing the right scanner setting in the first place...
While I applaud Schiffer for publishing this work, I wish that they would have agressively edited the book for it is clearly and dearly in need of such. I considered giving it a one star rating for the truly pointless ramblings in text and photos but then thought I'd give two stars because there are also quite a few useful photographs but then realized that I would only be fooling myself in thinking that I really didn't just waste $39.95 on this book. One star it is. I would not consider purchasing another work written by this author.