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"YES, TIN LIZZIE WAS AN ALCOHOLIC" Scores 5 Star Review and More Praise


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"Yes, Tin Lizzie Was An Alcoholic" originally appeared on in 2019 as an informal dissertation correcting revisionist critiques that diminished some of the special significance of Ford's Model T automobile. Recently, author Marc Rauch (TACH's co-owner/co-publisher) updated the essay and published it in hard copy form through Amazon and Book Patch.

The original online publication received a strong endorsement from Douglas Brinkley, who called it a "Great Essay." David Brinkley is the author of "Wheels for the World: Henry Ford, His Company, and a Century of Progress." Mr. Brinkley is also aprofessor of history at Rice University, the history commentator for CNN, and Presidential Historian for the New York Historical Society.

Earlier this year, Lindsay Brooke, author of "FORD MODEL T - The Car That Put The World On Wheels" said this about Marc's essay:

    "Wow, talk about exhaustive reporting on Ford’s early Ethanol work! I’m impressed by your interest in this subject and your scholarship and reporting."
    (Mr. Brooke is also Editor-in-Chief of Automotive Engineering and Autonomous Vehicle Engineering Magazines for SAE INTERNATIONAL.)

Most recently, "Yes, Tin Lizzie Was An Alcoholic" received a 5 Star review rating from Reader's Favorite Book Reviews. Their reviewer, Joe Wisinski, wrote:

    "Marc J Rauch wrote Yes, Tin Lizzie Was An Alcoholic to make the case that Henry Ford’s most famous automobile was designed to run on other fuels besides gasoline, namely alcohol. The book presents the other side of a position that says the Model T could only run on gasoline. Also, part of the book makes the case that John D. Rockefeller, the founder of Standard Oil, was instrumental in getting the 18th Amendment, most often called Prohibition, passed. Rockefeller’s reasoning, according to Rauch, was that if Prohibition made it more difficult to process crops into alcohol then cars would need to run only on gasoline, thus benefiting Standard Oil. Rauch says that Rockefeller’s stance is further proof that the Model T could run on alcohol—from Rockefeller’s standpoint, there would have been no need for Prohibition if the Model T could only run on gasoline.

    "I enjoyed reading Yes, Tin Lizzie Was An Alcoholic. Until reading the book, I was unaware of the controversy between those who say the Model T could only run on gasoline and those who say it could also run on alcohol. Author Marc J Rauch did a good job laying out the “gasoline only” position before refuting it with multiple arguments. I liked the book’s clever name—that’s what grabbed my attention—and Rauch makes his points in a scholarly, persuasive manner. (I don’t mean to imply that the book is esoteric, only that it’s thoroughly researched.) His book makes the argument that biofuels could have a larger part in running cars now and in the future. You don’t have to be a car enthusiast to enjoy and profit from this book.

Joe Wisinski is the author of more than a dozen print and audio books, and is an Adjunct Professor of Communications at the University of Tampa.