A Boy from Botwood: Pte. A.W. Manuel, Royal Newfoundland Regiment, 1914-1919
A proud Newfoundland soldier's memoir gives unprecedented details of life as a German POW during the First World War. "I'm going to tell my story." With those words, eighty-three-year-old Arthur Manuel set his remarkable First World War memoir in motion. Like many Great War veterans, Manuel had never discussed his wartime life with anyone. Hidden in the Manuel family records until its 2011 discovery by his grandson David Manuel, Arthur's story is now brought to new life. Determined to escape his impoverished rural Newfoundland existence, he enlisted with the Royal Newfoundland Regiment in late 1914. His harrowing accounts of life under fire span the Allies' ill-fated 1915 Gallipoli campaign, the Regiment's 1916 near-destruction at Beaumont-Hamel, and his 1917 Passchendaele battlefield capture. Manuel's account of his seventeen-month POW experience, including his nearly successful escape from a German forced labour camp, provides unique, compelling Great War insights. Powerful memories undimmed by age shine through Manuel's lucid prose. His visceral hatred of war, and of the leaders on both sides who permitted such senseless carnage to continue, is ferocious yet tempered by Manuel's powerful affection for common soldiers like himself, German and Allied alike. This poignant, angry, witty, and provocative account rings true like no other.
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A Chequered Life: Graham Warner and The Chequered Flag
This is the first and only account of the Chequered Flag race team and its charismatic founder, Graham Warner. It charts the highs and lows, the victories and losses, and features interviews with the man himself and and several star drivers of the 1960s and ’70s. Accompanied by 150 photographs, many previously unpublished, plus a look at Graham’s subsequent career as a fighter aircraft expert and restorer, this is a unique story of a fascinating life in motorsport.
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A Crown of Life: The World of John McCrae
This book is a window onto the fascinating life of Lt. Col. John McCrae, author of the poem "In Flanders Fields." A Canadian, McCrae served as an artillery and medical officer in the South African War. He was killed in World War I.
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A Passion Observed: A True Story of a Motorcycle Racer
Not many people decide their entire lives in a single moment but some do, and Frank Mrazek was one of them. He knew that he was put on earth to race motorcycles. He knew that he could ride them faster and smoother than anybody else in Brno, maybe in Czechoslovakia, maybe in the world. He knew it before he'd ever swung a leg over one. This is his story.
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Alain Prost: Life in the Fast Lane: An Autobiography
Alain Prost holds the record for championship driving victories since Formula I began in 1950. This autobiography explains his rise through the ranks and the reasons why he has been dubbed "Driver of the Eighties".
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Alain Prost: The Science of Racing
Four World Championships, 51 victories, 33 pole positions, plus 41 best laps documented during the races. Alain Prost has become the best example for modern day racing excellence. His methods of understanding the race and the track conditions made him legendary. He was always very quick and capable of managing his career with dexterity, placing himself in the best position to win World Championships. This book is part of the Legends series, a collection of the best and most popular drivers of the Formula One Championship.
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Alberto Ascari: The First Double World Champion
After Fangio and before Moss, Alberto Ascari was the most exciting driver of the 1950's. This well-rounded little Milanese started racing motorcycles in 1936. A collection of the best and most famous drivers of the Formula One Championship are covered in this fascinating Legend Series title on Alberto Ascari.
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Amelia: A Life of the Aviation Legend
What happened to Amelia Earhart? Her disappearance over the Pacific Ocean in 1937 continues to confound investigators. Here, the authors provide new insights into the mystery as well as a full biography of the world's most revered aviatrix.
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Andretti
Andretti is the stunning photographic look at auto racing superstar Mario Andretti. With an introduction by Paul Newman, this book is an exciting, lavishly illustrated tribute to one of the greatest racers of all time.
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Arlen Ness: The Godfather of Choppers
In the beginning, there was Arlen Ness. Before Jesse James, Billy Lane, and the battling Teutuls, Arlen Ness started the business of building celebrity choppers. He is a long-time custom motorcycle builder whose bikes combine the artistic and the extreme. These rolling sculptures have been covered in motorcycle and even hot rod magazines for decades as Arlen Ness built a worldwide reputation as an innovator and sought-out builder of themed custom bikes. This book traces the growth of the Arlen Ness reputation, business empire, and custom bike resume and features stunning new photography of all the bikes in Arlen’s personal collection, over 50 in total.
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Aussie Grit: My Formula One Journey
Mark Webber was at the centre of one of the most captivating chapters in the history of Formula One. In 2010, while racing for Red Bull, he and his team mate Sebastian Vettel went head to head for the World Championship. There could only be one winner. Since retiring from Formula One Mark has concentrated on endurance racing, including the legendary Le Mans 24 Hour race. He hit the front pages of newspapers around the world in December 2014 when he slammed into the barricades in the final round of the FIA World Endurance Championship in South America, and was lucky to escape with his life. But the controversy of his relationship on and off the track with Vettel, who went on to win multiple world titles, has never been far beneath the surface. Here, for the first time, Webber tells the inside story of one of Formula One's most intriguing battles - it is a story that goes to the heart of why the sport is loved by millions of fans around the world. In his trademark straight-talking, no-nonsense style Mark reveals his amazing life on and off the Formula One race track. From his first taste of karting to his F1 debut in 2002, scoring Minardi's first points in three years at the Australian Grand Prix, through to his first win with Red Bull at the 2009 German Grand Prix and the year he should have been crowned World Champion. Mark Webber's journey to the top of Formula One was every bit as determined and committed as his racing. This is his searingly honest story.
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Billy Bishop: Canadian Hero
Billy Bishop was fiercely ambitious, driven by an undisguised hatred of his enemies. He played hard and fought even harder. A highly skilled pilot and a crack shot, "top gun" of the Allied air forces, by 1918 Bishop was the most highly decorated war hero in Canadian history. He remains the most controversial. Some of Bishop's fellow pilots were repelled by his grandstanding and suspected he was deliberately inflating his number of "kills." Since then, the claim has been repeated by many others. This issue is at the heart of Billy Bishop: Canadian Hero. In this updated second edition, author Dan McCaffery reviews the evidence in support his account of what Bishop really did in the skies over France, setting the record straight about one of this country's most famous and controversial figures.
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Blood, Sweat, and Turnips
This is the autobiography of the Canadian Can-Am driver John Cordts. Cordts participated in one Formula One World Championship Grand Prix, the 1969 Canadian Grand Prix on 20 September 1969. He qualified 19th, but retired his Brabham after 10 laps with an oil leak, while lying 16th. In addition to his Formula One appearance, Cordts had been successful in Canadian and U.S. sports car racing, particularly with various McLarens run by Dave Billes's Performance Engineering. He competed in many events, ranging from Harewood Acres (where he still holds the track record when it closed in 1970), Mosport, Mont-Tremblant, and Westwood in Canada to various tracks in the US and even Japan. He later became a regular participant in the CanAm series, in which he raced until 1974, mainly in McLarens and Lolas. His best Can-Am finish was second at Road America in 1974. He was also known for his participation in the SCCA Trans-Am Series, where he had, at one point, piloted a BF Goodrich-sponsored Pontiac Firebird, known as the "Tirebird" and also several FIA events with the Greenwood Corvette team. John was also inducted into the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame in 2003. Cordt has since retired to a private life in Western Canada where he is well known for his beautiful wood carvings and in 2008 wrote Blood, Sweat and Turnips.
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Bomber Offensive
Bomber Offensive is an important volume of memoirs by one of Britain's great wartime leaders. Sir Arthur Harris; forthright and vigorous style sweeps the reader with him into the heart of his controversial operational planning; his account was written just after the war ended, with his judgments and opinions fresh and unclouded by hindsight. In his memoirs, Harris discusses his views on area bombing, encounters with Churchill and other leaders, and Bomber Command's role throughout the war including the Battle of the Ruhr, the Dams Raid, and the bombings of German cities like Dresden. Bomber Offensive is a gripping, straightforward narrative of the Second World Ward written by a one of the highest ranking military leaders: a great man's own story.
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Carroll Shelby: A Collection of My Favorite Racing Photos
Art Evans was a sports car racer in the 1950s on the West Coast who raced against, and became close friends with, Carroll Shelby. Their intense competition on the track became a lifelong friendship off the track. He and Shelby collaborated on many business projects over the years, including books, marketing projects, projects for the Shelby Foundation, and so on. In his later years, Shelby loved the books about his cars and similar topics, but his eyesight was failing to the point where he had difficulty reading, and really preferred the books that were heavy with photos. It was from that realization that Shelby and Evans decided to work on one last book together. They both combed through the Shelby archives and selected Shelby's favorite images from his racing career. That is almost the entirety of this book. It is packed with photos selected by Shelby himself, and the captions are quotes from Shelby's commentary on the action in the photo, as well as his memories. Unfortunately, Carroll Shelby passed away before the book was fully completed, but Evans, following Shelby's instructions, carried this final project through to completion. Filled with images that have never been seen in print, as well as images not published since the 1950s and 1960s, this final work from Shelby is a personally curated collection by the legend himself. If you are a sports car racing fan, Ford fan, Shelby fan, or any combination of the three, this book is a perfect addition to your automotive library.
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Carroll Shelby: A Collection of My Favorite Racing Photos
Art Evans was a sports car racer in the 1950s on the West Coast who raced against, and became close friends with, Carroll Shelby. Their intense competition on the track became a lifelong friendship off the track. He and Shelby collaborated on many business projects over the years, including books, marketing projects, projects for the Shelby Foundation, and so on. In his later years, Shelby loved the books about his cars and similar topics, but his eyesight was failing to the point where he had difficulty reading, and really preferred the books that were heavy with photos. It was from that realization that Shelby and Evans decided to work on one last book together. They both combed through the Shelby archives and selected Shelby's favorite images from his racing career. That is almost the entirety of this book. It is packed with photos selected by Shelby himself, and the captions are quotes from Shelby's commentary on the action in the photo, as well as his memories. Unfortunately, Carroll Shelby passed away before the book was fully completed, but Evans, following Shelby's instructions, carried this final project through to completion. Filled with images that have never been seen in print, as well as images not published since the 1950s and 1960s, this final work from Shelby is a personally curated collection by the legend himself. If you are a sports car racing fan, Ford fan, Shelby fan, or any combination of the three, this book is a perfect addition to your automotive library.
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Castellotti: A Stolen Heart
A driver of great courage, a young man full of life generous: Eugenio Castellotti lived just 26 years and five months - not much more than James Dean and was a symbol of a love of motor racing, of challenge and risk. A victory of heart over reason was what they called his greatest success, the 1956 Mille Miglia win" and it is to the beat of his heart that most of his brief existence is inexorably linked. Alife which, for the first time, has been reconstructed after vast detailed research and is now a new book, published simultaneously by Giorgio Nada.
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Churchill: A Photographic Portrait

Martin Gilbert Softcover 376 pages Out of Print. New old stock.

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Colin Chapman: The Man and his Cars: The Authorized Biography
Originally published in 1986 and written with the full cooperation of Colin Chapman's widow and Lotus, this definitive biography of the brilliant engineer examines his character and his achievements. From penniless beginnings as an engineering student in North London, Colin Chapman went on to build the world-famous Lotus car company and establish himself, in Jackie Stewart's words, as the 'most creative designer of racing cars in the history of motor racing.' Originally published in 1986 and written with the full cooperation of Chapman's widow and Lotus, this is the definitive biography of the brilliant engineer. All of Chapman's creations are examined, including all of the Lotus grand prix cars that became world-famous, winning seven constructors' and six drivers' World Championships.
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Colin Seeley: …And the Rest (Volume 2)
This volume, the second half of Colin Seeley's autobiography, isn't just the story of one man's life and achievements, although the Seeley marquee is indeed an achievement. Colin Seeley has worked with motorcycles since he was 18 years old. He raced sidecars in the '60s and developed and manufactured the famous Seeley racing motorcycle in 1965, which is still raced today. In the '70s, Colin was joint MD at Brabham Cars with Bernie Ecclestone of F1 fame. In the '80s, he managed the Norton Rotary Race Team. Today, he is still involved in many aspects of the motorcycle world. This book covers the development of the Mk3 and 4 Seeley, his involvement with Bernie Eccelstone, the Seeley Hondas, Seeley TL200 Trails Bike, Seeley Quickfit, his involvement with Brabham Cars and Formula One, and his involvement with The Norton Rotary Team and the demise of Norton.
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Colin Seeley: Racer…And the Rest (Volume 1)
This volume, the first half of Colin Seeley’s autobiography, isn’t just the story of one man’s life and achievements, although the Seeley marque is indeed an achievement. Colin recalls bending his very first frame using the most basic of equipment in an outdoor workshop on a frosty December morning in 1965. Colin, through sheer hard work and determination built his reputation as a perfectionist in all things, respected by the rich and famous, the manufacturers, and the fans within the motorcycling fraternity then and now. Packed with photographs, news clippings, and memorabilia, the book is also one man’s vivid memories of the motorcycle racing scene. From the thrills and anxieties of sidecar racing in the 1960s with passenger ‘Gungy Wal’ to the development of CSRS and the highly regarded sponsorship and service provided to racers lucky enough to have the friendship and professional interest of Colin Seeley. If you were there you’ll love reliving the moments. If you weren’t, you’ll wish you had been!
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Dale Earnhardt: The Life Story of a NASCAR Legend
To imagine the steel-blue eyes behind the trademark shades, to see the mischevious grin accentuated by the bristly mustache was to realize this man truly loved what he did, no regrets. In words and full color photographs, this book celebrates the man and the champion.
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Dale Vs. Daytona: The Intimidator’s Quest to Win the Great American Race
Dale Earnhardt and Daytona International Speedway remain two of the most iconic names in the history of NASCAR, and are inevitably connected when either name is mentioned. Earnhardt's failed attempts to win the race have become folklore; each year brought its own unique set of circumstances for why he hadn't yet raised the Harley J. Earl Trophy. Dale Earnhardt’s résumé heading into the 1998 Daytona 500 read as follows: 7 NASCAR Championships, 70 Winston Cup wins, and 30 wins at Daytona International Speedway. So what was left for Dale to accomplish at Daytona? Win the Daytona 500! Author Rick Houston examines every Daytona 500 in which Dale competed from 1979 to 2001 with fresh interviews from crew chiefs Doug Richert, Kirk Shelmerdine, Andy Petree, Bobby Hutchens, Larry McReynolds, and Kevin Hamlin. Competitors, rivals, crewmembers, and friends (including Bill Elliott, Sterling Marlin, Ken Schrader, Geoff Bodine, Darrell Waltrip, Danny "Chocolate" Myers, Greg Moore, Derrike Cope, and Junior Johnson) also offer their thoughts and recollections in this thrilling year-by-year recap of the Intimidator’s efforts to win the Great American Race. Never before have Dale's attempts to win the Daytona 500 been chronicled in one publication with this amount of detail and under such intense scrutiny. From the Dale and Dale show, to the seagull, to the last-lap heartaches, you ride shotgun with Rick Houston as he takes you around-and-around in Dale vs Daytona: The Intimidator's Quest to Conquer the Great American Race.
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Damn the Torpedoes: My Fight to Unify Canada’s Armed Forces
In this memoir, Paul Hellyer recounts his early political career, leading up to the unification of the armed forces.
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Damon Hill: From Zero to Hero
Filled with insights into Hill's personal history, his epic battles with Schumacher and Villeneuve, his dismissal by Williams and surprise decision to join TWR Arrows for 1997, culminating in a moving description of his crowning glory at the Japanese GP.
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David Kimble’s Cutaways: The Techniques and the Stories Behind the Art
For enthusiasts reading magazines such as Motor Trend, Road & Track, and others, David Kimble is no stranger. His brilliant cutaway artwork has been gracing the pages of those publications for years. Whether he illustrated engines, transmissions, full-car chassis, sports cars, race cars, or classics, his cutaway artwork revealed, in excruciating detail, things that a camera lens could never capture. In David Kimble's Cutaways: The Techniques and the Stories Behind the Art, Kimble reveals the secrets, techniques, procedures, and the dedication to craft that is required to produce these amazing illustrations. He covers the step-by-step procedures while producing fresh artwork for this book featuring a McLaren Can-Am car as well as a vintage Harley-Davidson. Although the procedures covered here are unique to Kimble, and pretty much a pipe dream to mere mortals, this title provides an inside look into how he does it. Also included are the stories and tales of how it all started, traveling the world to illustrate cars, behind the scenes with manufacturers, the Corvette years, as well as a gallery of many illustrations. Never before has David Kimble provided a look into his cutaway "skunkworks," or shared the procedures for bringing these beautiful technical illustrations to life. This book is a must-have for any automotive or art fan.
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David’s Diary: The Quest for the Formula 1 1998 World Championship
During the 1998 season, Coulthard was favourite to win the the World Drivers' Championship. This diary records details of thrilling wheel-to-wheel battles from the perspective of the cockpit of his West McLaren Mercedes Formula 1 car.
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Derek Bell: All My Porsche Races
Derek Bell's name became inextricably linked with that of Porsche during his long and hugely successful career as a racing driver. In this new 276-page book, Bell collaborates with renowned motorsport author Richard Heseltine to give the reader a very personal insight into his experiences racing for the legendary German marque. The approach taken by this latest publication from Porter Press International is to look at every race Bell drove for Porsche, in detail and with revealing comments from the book's subject. Light is cast on Bell's most prestigious victories with Porsche - four of his five in the Le Mans 24 Hours, three in the Daytona 24 Hours, two in the World Sportscar Championship - and many more besides. Bell describes the Porsches he raced, from the fearsome 917 to the iconic 956, 962, and 911. And he shares his thoughts on the now-legendary drivers he raced with, including six-time Le Mans winner Jacky Ickx, the famously flamboyant Hans Stuck, and two immense talents who lost their lives to the sport, Jo Siffert and Stefan Bellof. The overall effect is a fascinating trip back in time to a golden era for Porsche and sports car racing as a whole.
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Derek Bell: My Racing Life
Derek Bell has become one of motor racing's 'national treasures'. He is best known as one of the world's finest ever endurance sports car drivers, winning Le Mans five times and the Daytona 24 Hours three times, as well as numerous other significant sports car races. This completely new and updated edition of his autobiography celebrates the superb motor racing career of one of Britain's most popular racing drivers. Derek Bell is one of the survivors from 1960's motorsport, who made a real name for himself in Endurance Racing for over a twenty years driving primarily for Porsche but also other top teams from the late 1960's through to the 1990's. A multiple winner at Le Mans and Daytona this book takes you through the details of his life racing around the world from his early years leading up to F1 and then in to Endurance Racing and other branches of the sport. It shows the vast difference in Motorsport in his early career and how motorsport has progressed through the years.
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Driven by Desire: The Desire Wilson Story
The story of the driver rated by many as the best woman ever to race cars, and the most capable ever to have driven in Formula One. Her 50-year career began at the age of five in South Africa, moving to Holland and England and then the USA, before gaining renewed life at the famous Goodwood Revival historic race events. This fascinating story shows that a woman can, and did, fight her way to the top of motorsport.
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Driven Man: David Richards, Prodrive, and the Race to Win
He began his career as a dyslexic accountant. He keeps a low profile and dislikes publicity. And he’s set to become the world’s best-known name in the business of motor sport. Meet David Richards, the quintessential Driven Man. This book is the first to tell Richards’ life story, from an unlikely beginning to the even-less-likely present: a real shot at world racing domination. Through a series of revealing anecdotes and encounters, author Alan Henry takes readers from Richards’ first competition as a rally navigator to his World Rally Championship as team principal for Subaru. As Richards stands poised to take Ford’s Aston Martin team to the GT Sports Car racing championship, and to take his BAR Formula 1 team to the Grand Prix, we see firsthand the determination and character that have made the near-miraculous a real possibility. A three-time World Rally Champion and a multi-millionaire who has made his rally car preparation company a success on three continents, David Richards emerges here as a very private man with a very large public presence — and a key to the inside workings of the most glamorous and complex of international sports.
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Dyno Don: The Cars and Career of Dyno Don Nicholson
Many fans of drag racing consider the most interesting era to be from the 1950s through the 1970s, the years when the sport really took off. During that period, so much changed from a speed and technology standpoint that people often refer to this time as the golden age of drag racing. Drivers often became associated with a particular manufacturer, such as Chevy, Ford, or Chrysler through sponsorship, factory team rides, or sometimes simply their own preference. The more successful drivers became household names in the drag racing community. Chevy had Grumpy Jenkins, Pontiac had Arnie "the Farmer" Beswick, Mopar had Sox & Martin and Dandy Dick Landy, and Ford's most successful driver of the era was the legendary "Dyno Don" Nicholson. Nicholson's first wins on a national level were actually in the early 1960s in Chevrolet products. He became extremely successful on the match-race circuit. Then, in 1964, he switched over to Mercury with the new Comet after General Motors enacted a factory ban on racing activities. He won 90 percent of his match races that year. He stuck with Ford and Mercury products and won throughout the 1960s and 1970s, even after Ford also pulled the plug on factory team sponsorship. He made it to the final rounds in nearly 50 national events during that period, in addition to winning championships, awards, and match races along the way. If you are a fan of a certain era of racing, a Ford fan, or certainly a "Dyno Don" fan, this book will be a welcome addition to your library.
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Earnhardt Nation: The Full-Throttle Saga of NASCAR’s First Family
A colorful, fearless portrait of the larger-than-life first family of NASCAR, the Earnhardts, and the rise of the world's fastest stock car racing organization. More than sixty years ago, Ralph Earnhardt toiled in a cotton mill in his native North Carolina to support his growing family. Weekends he could be found going pedal to the metal at the dirt tracks, taking on the competition in the early days of box car racing and becoming one of the best short-track drivers in the state. His son, Dale Earnhardt Sr., would become one of the greatest drivers of all time, and his grandson Dale Jr, would become NASCAR's most popular driver of the 2000s. From a simple backyard garage, the Earnhardts reached the highest echelons of professional stock car racing and became the stuff of myth for fans. Earnhardt Nation is the story of this car racing dynasty and the business that would make them rich and famous --- and nearly tear them apart. Covering all the white-knuckle races, including the final lap at the Daytona 500 that claimed the life of the Intimidator, Earnhardt Nation goes deep into the fast-paced world of NASCAR, its royal family's obsession with speed, and their struggle with celebrity. Jay Busbee takes us deep inside the lives of these men and women who shaped NASCAR. He delves into their personal and professional lives, from failed marriages to rivalries large and small to complex and competitive father-son relationships that have reverberated through generations, and explores the legacy the Earnhardts struggle to uphold.
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