Books by James M. Flammang

James M. Flammang, independent auto journalist and editor of Tirekicking Today, has written some 30 books since 1980, for children as well as adults, including:

Incompetent: Coming up short in a world of success. TK Press, 2016.

Tirekicking Used Car Buyer's Guide. TK Press, 2014.

Mr. Maurice Knows It All ... and tells you so. [humorour essays]. TK Press, 2014/2016.

Cars [history of the automobile for fourth-graders]. Cherry Lake, 2008.

Cargo Ships [history of the cargo ship for fourth-graders]. Cherry Lake, 2008.

Space Travel [history of space travel for fourth-graders]. Cherry Lake, 2008.

Larry Page and Sergey Brin [biography of the founders of Google, for fifth-graders]. Cherry Lake, 2007.

Cars [history of the automobile for third-graders]. Enslow Publishers, 2001.

Cars of the Sensational Seventies [pictorial history]. Publications International Ltd., 2000.

Robert Fulton [biography for sixth-graders], Enslow Publishers, 1999.

"World's Greatest Auto Show": Celebrating a Century in Chicago  [history]. Krause Publications, 1999.

Used Car Book [buyers' guide]. Consumer Guide, 1976-86 through 1990-99 editions. (Note: All of Flammang's used-car reviews appear on the Consumer Guide web site -

Volkswagen: Beetles, Buses & Beyond  [history]. Krause Publications, 1996.

Classic American Convertibles [pictorial history]. Publications International, 1996.

Cars of the Fabulous '50s [pictorial history]. Publications International, 1995.

Chrysler Chronicle [pictorial history]. Publications International, 1995.

Chronicle of the American Automobile [pictorial history]. Publications International, 1994.

Firebird: Pure Excitement from Pontiac [history]. Publications International, 1994.

Corvette Chronicle [pictorial history]. Publications International, 1993.

Camaro: Style, Speed, and Spirit [history]. Publications International, 1993.

Standard Catalog of Imported Cars 1946-1990  [reference]. Krause, 1992.

Great Book of Dream Cars [oversize book]. Publications International, 1990.

Standard Catalog of American Cars 1976-1986  [reference]. Krause Publications, 1988 (updated in 1999 to cover 1976-1999 models).

Understanding Automotive Specifications & Data  [technical book]. Tab, 1986.

How To Make Your Old Car Run Like New  [technical book]. Tab, 1980.

Flammang has co-authored, edited, or otherwise contributed generously to the following publications:
Cars of 1965 (2002) [Publications International Ltd.].
Cars of the 1940s (2002) [Publications International Ltd.].
New Car & Truck Buying Guide (1998) [Pace Publications].
Sport Utility Buyer's Guide (1998) [Pace Publications].
Automobile Book [new-car buying guide, Consumer Guide], 1989 through 1993 and 1996-97 editions.
4x4s, Pickups & Vans [new-truck buying guide, Consumer Guide], 1996 and '97 editions.
Edmund's New High-Performance Automobiles [1995 buying guide].
Edmund's Pickup, Van & Sport-Utility [printed and CD-ROM buying guides].
1993 Cars [new-car guide, Consumer Guide].
Ford Chronicle [pictorial history, PIL], 1992.
Great American Automobiles of the '60s [history, PIL], 1992.
Gas Savers Guide [PIL], 1991.
50 Years of American Automobiles [reference, PIL], 1989.
World's Fastest Cars [history, PIL], 1989.
Standard Catalog of Light-Duty Trucks [reference, Krause], 1987.

Automotive articles have appeared in the Chicago Tribune and other papers. Over the years, Flammang's work also has been published in a variety of periodicals, including NADA's Auto Exec, Consumers Digest, In These Times, Auto Remarketing, Collectible Automobile, Motorbranschen (Sweden), Automotive News, Texaco Travel Club News, Mature Lifestyles, Visio, Auto Analyst, American Heritage, and Allstate Adventures.

In recent years, most of Flammang's work has appeared online, at such sites as, Kelley Blue Book (, Consumer Guide, and New Car Test Drive, as well as his own web site ( Flammang also has contributed to the print magazine, Ward's Dealer Business, and to the Chicago Dispatcher (a newspaper for taxi drivers and owners).

President of the Midwest Automotive Media Association in 1999-2000, Flammang also is a member of the International Motor Press Association and the Freelancers Union.

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