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PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2021 2:46 pm    Post subject: Great books for the VW purist Reply with quote

Hello my fellow VW enthousiasts,

I am very interested in the history of the beetle, mostly from 1934 until just after the war when the British took over. I spend a lot of time around this topic, reading books, making model cars of prototypes and wartime kdf's, collecting pictures and that kind of stuff. So I was wondering which books you would recommend when it comes to the early history of the beetle.
I already own 'The Birth of the Beetle' by Chris Barber, 'People's car' by Hans Ludwigsen, 'The first beetle, ressurecting a 1938 prototype' by Christian Grundmann, 'The Beetle' by Keith Seume and other that focus more about restoration and stuff.
I am curious to see your recommendations.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2021 3:44 pm    Post subject: Re: Great books for the VW purist Reply with quote

I really enjoyed:

Thinking Small: The Long, Strange Trip of the Volkswagen Beetle
by Andrea Hiott
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2021 8:07 am    Post subject: Re: Great books for the VW purist Reply with quote

Have you read Small Wonder?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2021 2:52 pm    Post subject: Re: Great books for the VW purist Reply with quote

You've seen this list, right?
https://www.thesamba.com/vw/archives/books/type1.php

"Small Wonder" is the closest thing to a VW-authorized history, in that it glosses over "uncomfortable" topics. Still a great read, but look elsewhere for the darker sides.

Postwar coverage is excellent in Karl Ludvigsen's "Battle for the Beetle." I've followed Karl's writing in Motor Trend and elsewhere since I was a kid, and he is always interesting without theatrics.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2021 3:03 pm    Post subject: Re: Great books for the VW purist Reply with quote

Thanks for the replies, my next book will definitely be Small Winder, heard a lot of good things about it. I was also thinking about 'Der Käfer 2' by Hans Rüdiger Etzhold and many others, I definitely find the early history interesting because of the protypes and all the thought and development that went into the car we all love today.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2021 8:46 pm    Post subject: Re: Great books for the VW purist Reply with quote

Didn't dealers used to give out "Small Wonder" when you bought a VW?
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