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911 & Porsche World - November 2008

Review of Ferdinand Porsche - Genesis of Genius from 911 & Porsche World - November 2008

The latest piece of publishing excellence from renowned automotive historian Karl Ludvigsen, and a book that could almost be considered a prologue to his three-volume blockbuster, 'Excellence Was Expected' - a book that no Porschephile should be without.

'Genesis of Genius' covers the early years of Ferdinand Porsche, as the maverick innovator applied his forward-thinking engineering skills to everything from road, race, military and even aviation. Before it became clear that petrol would be the fuel of choice, Porsche had already developed an electric-hybrid vehicle in 1900, some 100-plus years before the modern-day Porsche got round to the idea.

Beyond that, and as this lavishly illustrated and written book tells, he dedicated himself to designing the fastest and most durable vehicles in Europe for all applications There are many unpublished archive pictures, plus fold-out illustrations and reproductions of original pages from Ferdinand Porsche's handwritten notes.

It's expensive, but wonderfully presented, and would look good standing next to Ludvigsen's other masterpiece on anyone's bookshelf.

911 & Porsche World - November 2008 - review
Review of Ferdinand Porsche - Genesis of Genius from 911 & Porsche World - November 2008

Karl Ludvigsen
Karl Ludvigsen

In addition to his motor industry activities as an executive (with GM, Fiat and Ford) and head of a consulting company, Karl Ludvigsen has been active for over 50 years as an author and historian. As an author, co-author or editor he has some four dozen books to his credit. Needless to say, they are all about cars and the motor industry, Karl's life-long passion.

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