Go Like Hell Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Hardcover – January 1, 2008
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The expression “Go Like Hell” that the author has chosen for the title of this book, while not copyrighted and very much part of the public domain, is used several times in my novel “The Ragged Edge” (published in 1999). The first time I heard it was while listening in to the cockpit chatter of a Chicago-LA flight I happened to be on. The plane had just cleared Chicago airspace and I heard the captain say, in response to the control tower, "time to 'Go like hell.'" I liked the phrase so much I used it to described the impatience of race driver John Wagner, the protagonist of my novel. He loathed standing still and needed to always “go like hell,” whether on the track or, at, the end of book, en route to Chicago, to win back his ex-girlfriend, who had walked out on him. The plane he’s on over L.A. seems to hover in the sky, making Wagner uneasy. “Go like hell” he says under his breath. When he feels the jet thrust come on, forcing him back into his passenger seat, he feels better. — author Richard Nisley.
First, there are NO PHOTOS of any kind in this book! That within itself is outrageous. I am sure there are readers who don't know the difference between Formula One class, GT class, and Prototype class race cars. Some of the most famous cars in all three classes are mentioned in this book, but no photos. Some of these cars. arguably, were the most beautiful of their type ever produced, but no photos!
Second, some of the most legendary and famous drivers are mentioned in this book, but not a single photo of anyone!!
Third, 35% of this book is taken up by the "footnotes, bibliography, index, and acknowledgements" at the end of the book.
Finally, this book ends abruptly with the Fords' victory at Le Mans even though the rivalry with Ferrari continued long after that race.
It was a big disappointment considering how much more the author could have put in the book to make it really come alive for the reader...
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I loved it, im already looking forward to reading it again.
I need to stress I have mimimal interest in cars or car racing, Im a motorcycle fan. I do however visit Le Mans purely for the theatre of the event, and an interest in the endurance of the race itself. This book covers the car industry and the general car racing scene of the time, and I found it simply fascinating.
This book is a well written must read in my opinion.
Ambition, skill, leadership, courage and determination are all here - a terrific story without being too technical !