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Stealing Cars


Stealing Cars: Technology and Society from the Model T to the Gran Torino



  • INTRODUCTION Park at Your Own Risk

  • CHAPTER 1 "Stop, Thief!"

  • CHAPTER 2 Juvenile Delinquents, Hardened Criminals, and Ineffectual Technological Solutions (1941 - 1980)

  • CHAPTER 3 From the Personal Garage to the Surveillance Society

  • CHAPTER 4 Car Theft in the Electronic and Digital Age (1970s - Present)

  • CHAPTER 5 Mexico, the United States, and International Auto Theft

  • CHAPTER 6 The Recent Past

  • CONCLUSION Stealing the American Dream


"Heitmann and Morales are absolutely correct-the history of stealing cars is a theme almost absent from historical works, including works that deal specifically with the automobile in America. This book is an important addition to the literature, and I am impressed by how many sides of the subject the authors examine and by the range of historical materials they have researched and cited.

     -Larry D. Lankton, Michigan Technological University"


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