Colonel Albert Pope and His American Dream Machines
The Life and Times of a Bicycle Tycoon Turned Automotive Pioneer
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About the Book
In the 1890s Colonel Albert A. Pope was hailed as a leading American automaker. That his name is not a household word today is the very essence of his story.
Pope’s production methods as the world’s largest manufacturer of bicycles led to the building of automobiles with lightweight metals, rubber tires, precision machining, interchangeable parts, and vertical integration. The founder of the Good Roads Movement, Pope entered automobile manufacturing while steam, electricity, and gasoline power were still vying for supremacy. The story of his failed dream of dominating U.S. automobile production is an engrossing view into America’s industrial history.
About the Author(s)
Stephen B. Goddard practices law and teaches history and public policy at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. The author of three books, he also writes for HistoryWire.com.
Stephen B. Goddard
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: 36 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2009 
Table of Contents
1. The Watershed 3
2. Lumbering Is What Popes Do 19
3. A Bloody Crucible 33
4. He Casts His Lot 58
5. Wheels for All 66
6. Milking the Market 91
7. Indispensable Roads 115
8. The Wunderkind 124
9. A Patented Formula 143
10. Like a Dog with a Bone 166
11. Triumphant Return 181
12. Parting 201
13. Leaving His Mark 207
Appendix 1: The Ford Enigma 233
Appendix 2: Pope Manufacturing Company Corporate Genealogy 237
Book Reviews & Awards
- “a wonderful job…fascinating bits of history…a valuable index and thorough bibliography. An important edition”—Choice
- “detailed…lots of history is revealed in an interesting and enlightening manner”—Old Cars Weekly
- “[a] lively biography”—SciTech Book News.