Ford Fire Trucks by Kent Parrish is a wide ranging collection with tremendous captioned info with each photo. And there are a lot of photos, over 400, most in color but some in black and white.Ranging from 1917 Model T’s that were custom built into fire engines all the way to 2009, the book is broken up into ten chapters, roughly one for each decade. I had no idea there were so many companies taking the medium and heavy duty trucks (including COE and C series) and custom building cabs and equipment for fire fighting.
If you purchased the Ford Medium Duty or Ford Heavy Duty Trucks books, then Ford Fire Trucks is a great companion. Over 140 pages, $34.95 plus s&h.
Ford Postwar Flatheads: 1946-1953 Photo Archive by James H. Moloney is another wonderful collection of public relations and advertising photos from the Ford archive. Continue reading
Classic Farm Tractors: The History of the Farm Tractor is an exceptionally well done reprint under the Crestline name which specializes in picking up books that have gone out of print.
The Age of Genius: The Seventeenth Century & the Birth of the Modern Mind isn’t a philosophy book. This is a book proving that the 17th century was in fact a turning point in humanity relinquishing much of the ancient world for the beginnings of a “modern” point of view.
In a world that seems full of “fake news,” Tweets and distractions that have no substance in our current state of affairs, there can be much joy in reading about simple living, written in a straightforward style with wonderful cartoon illustrations.
WWI was the first time machines were truly employed in the service of the men doing the fighting. It was also a turning point in the way medicine was used during wartime. It even changed the way we mapped the battleground. Author Richard Rubin takes all of this and runs with it.
The history of how tractor and implement dealerships came into existence is the main focus of this nearly 200-page full color book by author Brian Rukes.
Joe Jacobs is obviously a do-it-yourself kinda guy. His solutions to gates, animal feeders, livestock haulers and chicken coops are all what you would expect. What is a little less expected is his very straightforward attitude towards tools and materials.
Ford Heavy-Duty Trucks 1948-1998 by Paul G. McLaughln is a sister book to the Ford Medium Duty Trucks (reviewed in the Autumn issue). Similar in size and scope, this book focuses on the 2½ and 3 ton F-7 and F-8.
An especially well organized overview of Ford medium-duty trucks of the 20th century. It’s all about the larger trucks like the F5, F-500, 600 and heavier trucks from tankers to school buses. $29.95.
Here is a wonderful little book that visually focuses on the trucks of North America (including Canada) from the 1950s. What is especially nice here is the focus on larger trucks, commercial trucks and industrial trucks. $29.95.
I don’t think anyone has written more books about classic farm tractors than Bob Pripps. And that is probably a good thing when it comes to a field guidebook. And, this is a GOOD one. Over 200 pages, softcover, color photos throughout. New from the N-News; $24.99.
Agriculture has been a touchstone of security and growth for humanity since we gave up our hunting and gathering ways. This book is a chronology of writings on agriculture, which detail the history of how we as Americans have embraced, rebuffed and re-embraced the ideas (and ideals) of agriculture and the agrarian lifestyle. $14.95.
David Mas Masumoto has authored a wonderfully touching story of a Japanese-American family in the central valley of California. Prior to farming, along with other West Coast Japanese-American families, the Masumoto family was relocated to the Arizona internment camps in the early 1940s. They endured many hardships, but eventually were able to return to California and small farming. $9.85.
Subtitled, ‘The Epic Saga of the Bird that Powers Civilization, Andrew Lawler’s has encapsulated the history of humanity through our involvement with chickens! Starting with the earliest known ancestor of the domestic chicken, the red jungle fowl, Lawler shows how the human appetite for chicken continues to grow. $11.95.