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| December 2018


Klancher's latest is a brisk romp through inside stories, skullduggery and more

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Lee Klancher's new book, TRACTOR: The Heartland Innovation, Ground-Breaking Machines, Midnight Schemes, Secret Garages, and Farmyard Geniuses that Mechanized Agriculture, is a veritable feast of tasty little nuggets of inside scoops, little-known tales and corporate skullduggery.

Starting with turn-of-the-century visionaries who saw that four wheels and an engine could replace a horse, the book moves swiftly through key early developments to cover the power farming movement of the latter part of the 20th century, a time when major manufacturers lagged behind independent builders and farmers began creating their own solutions with a pencil drawing and a welder.

Tractor moves all the way up through the creation of the first tractor electronics, the merger movement of the 1980s and the emergence of high-tech innovations such as smart farms and auto-guidance, which are changing the farm as we know it.



The book's cover carries a photo of a John Deere 4020. For those who bleed red, not green, Klancher offers a limited number of "red edition" copies — the same book with an IHC 1206 turbo diesel on the cover.

TRACTOR: The Heartland Innovation, Ground-Breaking Machines, Midnight Schemes, Secret Garages, and Farmyard Geniuses that Mechanized Agriculture, 2018, Lee Klancher, hardcover, 240 pages, color photographs and archival images, $24.99.



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