Books Paul Ingrassia Books by Paul Ingrassia Paul Ingrassia has written books about: Nonfiction Business & Economy Digital Culture History & Society Science & Health Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email NPR stories about Paul Ingrassia Engines of Change promo detail Simon & Schuster hide caption toggle caption Simon & Schuster Author Interviews In 'Engines,' A History Of America Through Cars May 1, 2012 The invention of Henry Ford's Model T in 1908 sparked the birth of the automobile industry. Since then, cars have played a monumental role in defining American culture. Paul Ingrassia's new book, Engines of Change, highlights 15 cars that have shaped the way Americans live. In 'Engines,' A History Of America Through Cars Listen · 7:29 7:29 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/151783574/152079779" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript What We're Reading What We're Reading, Jan. 27 - Feb. 2, 2010 January 26, 2010 Joshua Ferris (Then We Came To The End) studies the monster within in The Unnamed. Lush language limns a Soviet childhood of privation and paranoia in A Mountain of Crumbs. Nobel economist Joseph Stiglitz's Freefall lays blame for the financial failure. And Crash Course tracks the American auto industry "from glory to disaster.