Loading Events

AirTalk with Larry Mantle
Thursday June 8 at 9am
KPCC/LAist 89.3 FM

Listen as Darryl Holter and Stephen Gee talk about their new book Driving Force: Automobiles And The New American City, 1900–1930, The First Major History Of Car Dealers At Work.

In this first major history of dealers at work—and one of the first books to chronicle the early history of cars in Los Angeles—authors Darryl Holter and Stephen Gee share the untold story of pioneering auto dealers who seized the chance to join a start-up industry that reinvented an American city. Some became wealthy and powerful, others failed. But the lure of the automobile never wavered. At the dawn of the twentieth century, as Los Angeles transformed from a rugged outpost to a booming metropolis, so too did the fledgling automobile simultaneously come of age.

Go to Top