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Stephen B. Goddard: Race to the Sky: The Wright Brothers Versus the United States Government
Goddard tells the story of the struggle between the Wright brothers and the Federal Government, and the raw ambition, high ideals, greed, and cloak and dagger tactics of each side.
Stephen B. Goddard: Colonel Albert Pope and His American Dream Machines: The Life and Times of a Bicycle Tycoon Turned Automotive Pioneer
Goddard's biography of Colonel Albert Pope chronicles the birth of the American automobile industry in Hartford, CT, before the turn of the 20th century, when steam, electricity and gasoline power were competing for ascendancy.
Stephen B. Goddard: Getting There: The Epic Struggle Between Road and Rail in the American Century
In this panoramic epic, presented through the eyes of people who lived it, Goddard reveals how the United States became an auto centric society, what this has done to its culture, and why it may lose out in the world marketplace unless it changes course.