Archive for Items Categorized 'Biography/ Autobiography', only excerpts shown, click title for full entry.

Drawn Out, A Seriously Funny Memoir

by Tom Scott

Comic relief . . . you know you want it. Political commentator and cartoonist, satirist, scriptwriter, playwright, raconteur, provocateur, all-round funny man. He won New Zealand Cartoonist of the Year—seven times! (Ok, it’s a small country.)

The Story of Henry Ford, A Biography Book for New Readers

by Jenna Grodzicki

Before Henry Ford became a pioneer and then a titan of an entirely new industry he was a kid who liked to take things apart. This is the point of entry for a book targeted at young readers in a series aptly called “Stories About Dreamers Just Like You.”

Ed Swart – From Zandvoort to Daytona

by Ed Swart with Johnnie Tipler

Racing driver, team owner, clerk of the course, race-club founder . . . is there anything motorsports-related that Ed Swart has not done? A 200-page book seems hardly enough to cover it all.

Full Circle: A Hands-On Affair with the First Ferrari 250 GTO

by Larry Perkins & Petra Perkins

Not a scholarly treatise on a legendary car but a snapshot-style memoir of half a century of crossing paths with the first 250 GTO.

50 First Victories, NASCAR Drivers’ Breakthrough Wins

by Al Pearce and Mike Hembree

There are plenty of good drivers who have good cars and work with good teams yet they just don’t catch a break and win. This books samples almost 70 years of US motorsports activity to relive that elusive first competition win.

Spada, The Long Story of a Short Tail

by Bart Lenaerts & Lies de Mol

The title sort of gives it away: Ercole Spada’s design career got underway with his interpretation of the truncated tail. Others did it too, he did it differently. At last there’s an entire—and supremely well designed—book about him.

Shirley Shahan, The Drag-on Lady 

by Patrick Foster

Blame it on Dad. He let her help wrench on his drag racer. He let her borrow his pickup truck to go cruising—and she would beat the boys in the inevitable street races. She married a racer. And without really intending to, became one herself.

Isorivolta: The Men, the Machines

by Winston Scott Goodfellow

Curious minds want to know: why was a firm that produced competent and desirable cars not strong enough to survive? and if they were competent and desirable why did the cars fade from memory within a few short years? The author was one such curious mind and his answers are presented here..

The Generals: American Military Command from World War II to Today

by Thomas Ricks

Many factors affect national security. Among the less obvious, at least to civilians, is the culture of the military itself.

The Blue Max Airmen: Manfred von Richthofen

by Lance J. Bronnenkant

Von Richthofen . . . that old chestnut. But wait—this is one of the few books worth having! A bit short, a bit flimsy, but sehr gut.

Secrets of the Barn Find Hunter, The Art of Finding Lost Collector Cars

by Tom Cotter

He calls himself a one-trick pony—and that pony is cars. Every other Wednesday folks know to set aside time to catch his latest barn find adventure on YouTube. That 1939 Ford Deluxe Woody he drives regularly on the show? He bought it when he was 15! He learned a thing or three since then and this is his story.

Trailblazer in Flight, Britain’s First Female Jet Airline Captain

by Yvonne Pope Sintes

“Airworthiness” of a different kind is the topic here: can—should—a woman be at the helm of a commercial airliner? You’ll shudder at some of the reactions in her time (1950s), and then you’ll shudder some more because glass ceilings are still very real today.