Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Transportation. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.
1. Power Play: Tesla, Elon Musk, and the Bet of the Century
“A deeply reported and business-savvy chronicle of Tesla's wild ride.” — Walter Isaacson, New York Times Book Review The outrageous inside story of Elon Musk and Tesla's bid to build the world's greatest car—from award-winning Wall Street Journal tech and auto reporter Tim Higgins Elon Musk is among the most controversial titans of Silicon Valley. To some he's a genius and a visionary; to others he's a mercurial huckster. Billions of dollars have been gained and lost on his tweets; his personal exploits are the stuff of tabloids. But for all his outrageous talk of mind-uploading and space travel, his most audacious vision is the one closest to the ground: the electric car. When Tesla was founded in the 2000s, electric cars were novelties, trotted out and thrown on the scrap heap by carmakers for more than a century. But where most onlookers saw only failure, a small band of Silicon Valley engineers and entrepreneurs saw potential. The gas-guzzling car was in need of disruption; the world was ready for Car 2.0. So they pitted themselves against the biggest, fiercest business rivals in the world, setting out to make a car that was quicker, sexier, smoother, cleaner than the competition. But as the saying goes, to make a small fortune in cars, start with a big fortune. Tesla would undergo a truly hellish fifteen years, beset by rivals, pressured by investors, hobbled by whistleblowers, buoyed by its loyal supporters. Musk himself would often prove Tesla's worst enemy--his antics more than once took the company he had initially funded largely with his own money to the brink of collapse. Was he an underdog, an antihero, a conman, or some combination of the three? Wall Street Journal tech and auto reporter Tim Higgins had a front-row seat for the drama: the pileups, wrestling for control, meltdowns, and the unlikeliest outcome of all, success. A story of power, recklessness, struggle, and triumph, Power Play is an exhilarating look at how a team of eccentrics and innovators beat the odds--and changed the future.
- Author: Tim Higgins
- Publisher: Doubleday (August 3, 2021)
- Genre: Business & Money, Finance
- ISBN: 978-0385545457
- Dimensions: 6.39 x 1.4 x 9.58 inches
2. Scratch One Flattop: The First Carrier Air Campaign and the Battle of the Coral Sea (Twentieth-Century Battles)
A study of the historic World War II naval battle, the first involving aircraft carriers and first in which neither warship was in sight of the other. By the beginning of May 1942, five months after the Pearl Harbor attack, the US Navy was ready to challenge the Japanese moves in the South Pacific. When the Japanese sent troops to New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, the Americans sent the carriers Lexington and Yorktown to counter the move, setting the stage for the Battle of the Coral Sea . . . In this book, historian Robert C. Stern analyzes the Battle of the Coral Sea, the first major fleet engagement where the warships were never in sight of each other. Unlike the Battle of Midway, the Battle of the Coral Sea has received remarkably little study. Stern covers not only the action of the ships and their air groups but also describes the impact of this pivotal engagement. His analysis looks at the short-term impact as well as the long-term implications, including the installation of inert gas fuel-system purging on all American aircraft carriers and the push to integrate sensor systems with fighter direction to better protect against enemy aircraft. The essential text on the first carrier air campaign, Scratch One Flattop is a landmark study on an overlooked battle in the first months of the United States’ engagement in World War II. “His research into sources on both sides is exhaustive and he has used Japanese translators where necessary and appropriate to best illuminate materials. His effort has taken years of meticulous scholarship and it shows. . . . Highly recommended.” —Lisle A. Rose, The Northern Mariner / Le marin du nord
- Author: Robert C. Stern
- Publisher: Indiana University Press (May 14, 2019)
- Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, History
3. Lots of Knock-Knock Jokes for Kids
Lots of Knock-Knock Jokes for Kids is the perfect collection of kid-friendly jokes that will keep you and your friends and family laughing out loud! Whether you’re stuck in the house or on a road trip, these jokes will have everyone cracking up. This collection of jokes is hilarious, clean, and kid-friendly and includes everything from knock-knock jokes, to Q&A jokes, tongue twisters, and a whole lot more. Lots of Knock-Knock Jokes for Kids is certain to have every kid you know laughing out loud, snorting riotously, and generally gasping for air. Lots of Knock-Knock Jokes for Kids : Good for readers of all ages, 6-10 years old Family-friendly jokes Wide variety of joke styles Fun illustrations add to the fun Includes bonus Q&A jokes and riddles
- Author: Whee Winn
- Publisher: Zonderkidz; Gld edition (February 2, 2016)
- Genre: Children's Books, Activities, Crafts & Games
- Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches
4. The Driving Book: Everything New Drivers Need to Know but Don't Know to Ask
This book has everything teen drivers need to navigate through tricky new territory--on the road and at home! Even after taking Driver's Ed and passing that dreaded road test, there are so many things new drivers need to learn about the practical aspects of driving that will only come from experience. Handing over the keys is a traumatic rite of passage for parents, and they will sleep better knowing that The Driving Book is in their teens' glove compartments. Covering virtually every scenario a new driver may face, from changing a tire to negotiating privileges with parents to handling a car in bad weather, Karen Gravelle helps teen drivers navigate through tricky new territory. This reissue features updated information for today's tech-savvy teen drivers.
- Author: Karen Gravelle
- Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; Revised ed. edition (February 10, 2015)
- Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Automotive
- ISBN: 978-0802738035
- Dimensions: 4.91 x 0.49 x 8.62 inches
5. Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge: FAA-H-8083-25B (ASA FAA Handbook Series)
This official FAA handbook has been required reading for more than 30 years. Providing basic knowledge essential for all pilots, from beginning students through to the more advanced certificates, this Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) publication introduces readers to the broad spectrum of knowledge required as they progress through pilot training. Studying this book, pilots gain the required knowledge to earn a certificate and understand aerodynamic theory associated with airplane flight. Written for the pilot preparing for a Remote, Sport, Private, Commercial, or Flight Instructor Pilot Certificate, it is a key reference for all the information necessary to operate an aircraft and to pass the FAA Knowledge Exam and Practical Test (checkride). This invaluable learning tool begins with a basic introduction to flying and a history of flight, then explores the role of the FAA, criteria for earning the various pilot certificates, how to select a flight school and instructor, and the tests associated with earning a pilot certificate. Topics covered include aeronautical decision making, aircraft construction, principles of flight, aerodynamics of flight, flight controls, aircraft systems, flight instruments, flight manuals and other documents, weight and balance, aircraft performance, weather theory, aviation weather services, airport operations, airspace, navigation, and aeromedical factors. Appendices provide additional support including acronyms, abbreviations, and NOTAM contractions, airport signs and markings, a glossary and index.
- Author: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)/Aviation Supplies & Academics (ASA)
- Publisher: Aviation Supplies & Academics, Inc.; 2016th edition (September 6, 2016)
- Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Transportation
- ISBN: 978-1619544734
- Dimensions: 8.1 x 1.1 x 10.7 inches
6. Cool Cars and Trucks (Sean Kenney's Cool Creations)
Attention young LEGO brick builders: Whether you'd like to build an SUV, an excavator, a tanker truck, or a race car, this hands-on book will show you how. You can create street scenes such as a construction site, a fire rescue, or even a family on moving day. Children of all ages will let their imaginations run wild as they learn that there are no limits to what can be created with LEGO. And easy-to-follow instructions are included for several of the models!
- Author: Sean Kenney
- Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); First edition (September 3, 2013)
- Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Automotive
7. Blacktop Wasteland: A Novel
Los Angeles Times Book Prize Winner • New York Times Notable Book • NPR’s Best Books of 2020 • BookPage’s #1 Mystery and Suspense of 2020 • Sun Sentinel’s #1 Best Mystery of 2020 “I loved Blacktop Wasteland... A fast-paced, bareknuckle thriller.” - Stephen King “A roaring, full-throttle thriller, crackling with tension and charm.” - The New York Times Book Review "One of the year's strongest novels." -Sun Sentinel A husband, a father, a son, a business owner...And the best getaway driver east of the Mississippi. Beauregard “Bug” Montage is an honest mechanic, a loving husband, and a hard-working dad. Bug knows there’s no future in the man he used to be: known from the hills of North Carolina to the beaches of Florida as the best wheelman on the East Coast. He thought he'd left all that behind him, but as his carefully built new life begins to crumble, he finds himself drawn inexorably back into a world of blood and bullets. When a smooth-talking former associate comes calling with a can't-miss jewelry store heist, Bug feels he has no choice but to get back in the driver's seat. And Bug is at his best where the scent of gasoline mixes with the smell of fear. Haunted by the ghost of who he used to be and the father who disappeared when he needed him most, Bug must find a way to navigate this blacktop wasteland...or die trying. Like Ocean’s Eleven meets Drive , with a Southern noir twist, S. A. Cosby’s Blacktop Wasteland is a searing, operatic story of a man pushed to his limits by poverty, race, and his own former life of crime.
- Author: S. A. Cosby
- Publisher: Flatiron Books (July 14, 2020)
- Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Literature & Fiction
8. Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
Experience one of the greatest adventure stories of the modern age: The harrowing tale of British explorer Ernest Shackleton's 1914 attempt to reach the South Pole. In August 1914, polar explorer Ernest Shackleton boarded the Endurance and set sail for Antarctica, where he planned to cross the last uncharted continent on foot. In January 1915, after battling its way through a thousand miles of pack ice and only a day's sail short of its destination, the Endurance became locked in an island of ice. Thus began the legendary ordeal of Shackleton and his crew of twenty-seven men. When their ship was finally crushed between two ice floes, they attempted a near-impossible journey over 850 miles of the South Atlantic's heaviest seas to the closest outpost of civilization. In Endurance , the definitive account of Ernest Shackleton's fateful trip, Alfred Lansing brilliantly narrates the harrowing and miraculous voyage that has defined heroism for the modern age.
- Author: Alfred Lansing
- Publisher: Basic Books (April 28, 2015)
- Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Transportation
- ISBN: 978-0465062881
- Dimensions: 5.45 x 1.3 x 8.25 inches
9. Word Search for Kids Ages 8-10: 100 Word Search Puzzles
Are you looking for a fun way to boost your child’s learning while providing hours of screen-free entertainment? This book of word search puzzles is the perfect choice. Brain games are a proven, engaging, and fun way to learn: Reading speed, word association, vocabulary, spelling, and other subjects are improved with word search activities. And using a pen or pencil to complete the puzzles engages certain parts of your child’s brain that digital products do not. 100 word search puzzles: The large number of puzzles means hours of screen-free entertainment for your young learner. They are designed specifically for this age group (8-10) and were created by college-educated, native English speakers. Kid-friendly themes and categories with illustrations: Zoo, planets, family, food, and athletics are just some of the 100 categories and themes of these wordsearch puzzles. Every puzzle has a different theme and category, which helps develop word association and general language arts skills. A format that encourages skill-building: This book is designed to help kids gain confidence, by starting out easy and then getting trickier as children progress through the puzzles. This will both encourage and challenge your child, expanding their capacity to learn. This layout will also help ensure children ages 8, 9, or 10 will have something to look forward to, no matter what level they start at. Word Search for Kids Ages 8-10 is full of fun search and find puzzles. The book starts with easy word searches and gets trickier as it goes on. If you are looking for a kid’s word search book, this is a great first choice.
- Author: Word Adventure Books
- Publisher: Independently published (April 27, 2021)
- Genre: Arts & Photography, Performing Arts
- ISBN: 979-8702158143
- Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.25 x 11 inches
10. Flashback to 1971 - A Time Traveler’s Guide: Perfect birthday or wedding anniversary gift for anyone born or married in 1971. For friends, parents or ... (A Time-Traveler’s Guide - Flashback Series)
- - - Also available in other years - - - Let’s FLASHBACK to 1971 ─ a very special year. Was this the year you were born? Was this the year you were married? Let’s travel back in time to celebrate your year, THE YEAR 1971, with this slim 70+ page book packed with fun-filled fabulous facts. Enjoy a trip down memory lane, as you discover the people, the places, the politics, and the pleasures that made the year 1971 so special and unique, influencing the world we know today. Imagine if time-travel was a reality, and one fine morning you wake up to find yourself flashed back in time, back to the year 1971. What would life be like for a typical family, in a typical town, somewhere in America? In the early 70s our cultural gaze had shifted away from London’s Swinging Sixties, back to the USA. The hippie view of the world, with its emphasis on peace, love and nature….(cont.) Now just imagine you flashed back to a town in 1971 England. Although not all doom and gloom, the United Kingdom had found itself slipping on the world stage…. (Get the book to read more!) Expertly written by author B. Bradforsand-Tyler, a history teacher with a passion for sharing his knowledge. This slim 70+ page book makes the perfect unique and thoughtful gift for anyone born or married in the year 1971. Celebrating the people, places, politics, and pleasures that made 1971 a very special year. Contains just the right amount of light-hearted trivia and serious international feature-news articles. A beautifully presented book filled with vintage photo reproductions on every page. Includes more than 20 rare vintage advertisements, many reproduced in full-page, with added enlarged text for easy reading. Contains expertly researched and written original full-page feature articles on: 1971 Family Life in the USA, Life in the United Kingdom, Hippies and the Rise of the Communes, Our Love Affair with Automobiles, Clean Air for All, Greenpeace Takes to the Seas, Nuclear Bomb Testing, Anti-Vietnam War Sentiment, Pentagon Papers Whitehouse Scandal, Space Missions of 1971, Troubles in Northern Ireland, Death Sentence for Charles Manson, Tuning in to Television, Walt Disney World Opens, Jesus Christ Superstar on Broadway, Invention of the Electronic Mail, Plus 8 pages of fashion trends. Also includes: Sporting highlights, 1971 in Cinema and Film, Most Popular TV Shows, Billboard Top 30 Songs, Famous People Born in 1971, Census Statistics and Costs of Goods. The Time-Traveler’s Flashback series of books are a hit with all generations. Leave them on the coffee table for the grandchildren to enjoy too! Click on the Author Name to view all books in the Time-Traveler’s Flashback Series. Click the BUY button at the top of the page to begin. THANKS!
- Author: B. Bradforsand-Tyler
- Publisher: B. Bradforsand-Tyler (December 15, 2020)
- Genre: Travel, Europe
- ISBN: 978-0645062397
- Dimensions: 6.69 x 0.17 x 9.61 inches