#120, Author Patrick Foster celebrates 80 years of Jeep

James Raia

The eight-decade of Jeep is detailed in Patrick Foster's new book.

Author Patrick Foster knows as much as anyone about automaker Jeep. With more than 30 years in the automotive industry, Foster is a prolific journalist, particularly when writing about the long history of the utilitarian, four-wheel-drive vehicles.

Co-hosts Bruce Aldrich and James Raia interview Foster in episode #120 of The Weekly Driver Podcast.

The eight-decade of Jeep is detailed in Patrick Foster's new book.
The eight-decade of Jeep is detailed in Patrick Foster’s new book.

Foster’s latest book is JEEP: EIGHT DECADES FROM WILLYS TO WRANGLER (Motorbooks $32.99.)

Accompanied by more than 200 photographs, the 192-page paperback is described as “the definitive book on the greatest four-wheel-drive vehicle ever.”

During our 30-minute interview, Foster details his passion for Jeep and gives an insightful account of the stories behind the design and production of the vehicle. The automaker’s well-known World War II presence to current models are all covered.

Military-issued Jeeps, as well as the first post-war JC and now-classic SUVs, are all included in Foster’s impressive chronicling of the enduring machines.

The new volume updates Foster’s previous Jeep books. It includes five years of new model editions and prototypes, Jeep’s return to the pickup market, and recent marketplace successes.

The book’s color and black-and-white photographs are complemented by unique Jeep advertisement material from throughout its tenure.

Foster’s latest book, as well as his collection of previous works, are available on his website www.oldemilfordpress.com. New buyers receive signed copies.

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Article Last Updated: January 21, 2020.

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