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Top Ten Racing History Books

To ease your Holiday shopping needs, here are our top ten selections for books on the history of racing. Though there are history related books on our other Top Ten Shopping Lists, this selection consists of books that either didn't fall into any of those categories or pertain to defining moments in the history of the sport whether they have to do with drivers, events, series, or technology. If nothing here grabs your fancy, use the search box at the bottom. When you're done here, see our other Top Ten Shopping Lists.

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Faster Book
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Faster: How a Jewish Driver, an American Heiress, and a Legendary Car Beat Hitler's Best
by Neal Bascomb
Bringing to life this glamorous era and the sport that defined it, Faster chronicles one of the most inspiring, death-defying upsets of all time: a symbolic blow against the Nazis during historys darkest hour. Read the full review on Hardbound, 6 x 9 inches, 368 pages.
A Race with Love and Death Book
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A Race with Love and Death: The Story of Richard Seaman
by Richard Williams
Dick Seaman was the archetypal dashing motorsport hero of the 1930s, the first Englishman to win a race for Mercedes-Benz and the last grand prix driver to die at the wheel before the outbreak of the Second World War.  A gripping tale of speed, romance and tragedy. Set in an era of rising tensions, where the urge to live each moment to the full never seemed more important, it is a richly evocative story that grips from first to last. Hardbound, 6 x 9-1/4 inches, 320 pages.
The Brown Bullet Book
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The Brown Bullet: Rajo Jack's Drive to Integrate Auto Racing
by Bill Poehler
The life of a long-forgotten trailblazer and the great lengths he took to even get on the track, showing ultimately how Rajo Jack proved to a generation that a black man could compete with some of the greatest white drivers of his era, winning some of the biggest races of the day. Read the full review on Hardbound, 6 x 9 inches, 240 pages.
A Race with Infamy Book
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A Race with Infamy: The Lance Macklin Story
by Jack Barlow
On June 11, 1955, Lance Macklin became a central player in motor racing's worst tragedy. Not only did that day at Le Mans scar him forever, but it went on to become his most lasting legacy. That day overshadowed the remarkable career of one of British racing's leading lights, of a driver who befriended and mentored champions, who was stunningly quick on the track and charming off it. Hardbound, 5-2/3 x 7-3/4 inches, 216 pages.
The Boy: Stirling Moss Book
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The Boy: Stirling Moss: A Life in 60 Laps
by Richard Williams
Eplains how and why he came to occupy such a unique place in the esteem and the affections of the nation.  Why him, rather than some of his contemporaries, such as Mike Hawthorn and Peter Collins, who shared a role in the rise of Britain as a power in international motor racing? Moss may never have been world champion, but he created a remarkable and enduring legacy. Hardbound, 6 x 9-1/4 inches, 320 pages.
The Legend of the First Super Speedway Book
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The Legend of the First Super Speedway: The Battle for the Soul of American Auto Racing
by Mark Dill
Thrusts you into the early 20th century with vivid interpretations of auto racing and what it would be like to walk among the people and grasp their world view. Everything unfolds through the eyes of protagonists Barney Oldfield and Carl Fisher as they grapple with a cultural battle for the soul of American auto racing. Softbound, 6 x 9 inches, 384 pages.
FIAT in Motorsport Book
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FIAT in Motorsport: Since 1899
by Tony Bagnall
An in-depth look at Fiat's historical and prestigious involvement in all forms of motorsport since the earliest days of racing. Read the full review on Hardbound, 10 x 10-1/4 inches, 160 pages.
High Performance: When Britain Ruled the Roads Book
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High Performance: When Britain Ruled the Roads
by Peter Grimsdale
Celebrates Britains automotive golden age and the mavericks who sketched them on the back of envelopes and garage floors, who fettled, bolted and welded them together and hammered the competition in the showroom, on the road and on the track -- fuelled by contempt for convention. Softbound, 5-1/8 x 7-3/4 inches.
Motor Racing in the 70s Book
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Motor Racing in the 70s: Pivoting from Romantic to Organized
by Carlos A. De Paula
This is a reference book on global motor racing activities in the 1970s which strives to provide much obscure information, analysis and data on single seater, touring car, GT and sports car circuit racing and hill climbs during the decade. Hundreds of sources have been consulted in over 12 languages, and much of the information covered is available for the first time in English. Hardbound, 6 x 9 inches, 488 pages, 242 photos.
My Greatest Defeat Book
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My Greatest Defeat: Stories of hardship and hope from motor racings finest heroes
by Will Buxton
A collection of honest and revealing insights into 20 of the greatest living racing drivers, legends of the worlds of Formula 1, Indycar, NASCAR, Le Mans and Rally. Striking portrait artworks come from a revered artist in modern comic book design, Giuseppe Cammo Camuncoli. Hardbound, 6-1/2 x 9-1/2 inches, 336 pages.

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