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Lotus Books - Any Recommendations?

Interested in a book about Lotus. Specifically, an Elise one. There are a few out there - can anyone recommend one over the other? They aren't cheap so I want to get the one people dig most.
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Dude don't mention the word book and Lotus in the same sentence unless you are willing to pay $100 for it , since you have CS5 I'll take a free PDF download

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Holy crap, dems some 'spensive books.

I got a Borders gift card from an employee, so there's fiddy right there. I think the S1/S2 book is the plan.

I'm not sure I want a book about what Colin liked to eat for breakfast on Tuesdays.
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I'm not sure I want a book about what Colin liked to eat for breakfast on Tuesdays.
That's not what that book is about. It's a comprehensive history of of every model Lotus ever produced, with generally 2 pages per car. There isn't a lot of the personal backstory anecdotal corporate history kind of stuff (although that is certainly available in other titles).

These are expensive books because they are very high quality (photos/research/writing/printing), and because the market for them is small.

Also, you should consider buying directly from Coterie Press, and put that retail margin in their pocket instead of into Amazon/B&N/Borders/etc. This is a small family business that does a huge amount for the Lotus community. They are super nice people and true enthusiasts.
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Also, you should consider buying directly from Coterie Press, and put that retail margin in their pocket instead of into Amazon/B&N/Borders/etc. This is a small family business that does a huge amount for the Lotus community. They are super nice people and true enthusiasts.
I'll second that. We're lucky here in Denver to have William and Jo locally, and active members of Lotus Colorado. William also sometime offers special pricing on direct purchases. And there are no more beautifully done books on the marque.

If you ever do want to find our about Chapman and his life and times, I recommend Colin Chapman Wayward Genius by Mike Lawrence. Pulls few punches and offers an arguably accurate assessment of a very complex character.

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+1 to The Coterie Press books and to Colin Chapman Wayward Genius. You may not be interested in the latter but it's a must read for students of everything Lotus.
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