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As for great Corvette books?
Well...those are pretty darn rare. Karl Lugvigsen's classic, "Corvette: America's Star-Spangled Sports Car", is one. The late Jim Schefter's, "All Corvettes are Red", is another. Noland Adam's pair of Corvette Restoration and Technical Manuals are two more.
The newest member of truly outstanding Corvette literature is Jerry Burton's biography, "Zora Arkus-Duntov: the Legend Behind the Corvette". Finely-detailed, yet easy-reading, it's a spellbinding life's story of a man who became one of the automotive engineering giants of the 20th Century.
Corvette enthusiasts know Duntov as the guy who snatched Corvette from death at the hands of short-sighted General Motors executives in the early 1950s, then, improved its engineering, performance and image such that it went from a product Chevrolet dealers couldn't sell to the most successful high-performance sports car on earth. A good part of how Corvette became one of the rare automobiles to attain American Icon status is attributable directly to Zora Duntov's vision, personality and hard work.
This book also tells of Duntov's growing up in St. Petersburg during the Russian Revolution when young Zora was a street-wise, risk-taker who sometimes carried a pistol and more than once used it to defend himself.Read more ›
The author keeps his focus on Duntov and doesn't wander off into related topics like the development of the Ford GT40 that would add little to the basic story and are well told elsewhere. Well done.
However,it was His Personal Life.there is one little problem I take issue with When Mr.Burton makes a quote in the book I have a problem with :Zora at a time in the fifties "during Mccarthy's Witchhunt".. I do sincerely believe Communism was a Threat and believe Mr.Mccarthy was a Good man,and It's no reason whatsoever for Burton to input his beliefs into a Otherwise Great Biography.That being said,This is a Book for The Corvette Lover,5+Stars! Several Pictures,All Black and white,Zora's interesting life and accomplishments and How he Improved Harley Earl's Car and has a right to Being Called One of if not to some the Father Of The Corvette.
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An interesting book about a fascinating man. The subject is viewed through the favorable eyes of the author. Duntov lead an extremely interesting and active life. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
A fascinating read - you don't have to be a Corvette lover to enjoy this book. This is a fascinating biography of a legend in the US Automotive Industry.Published 18 months ago by WC Knapp
I have followed and had a passion for Vettes since 1957; ( I was 10 years old then). A dentist in the small country town I lived near owned a new 1957 Corvette, with fuel... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Glen Leighty
Having owned four corvettes and read about the beginnings the breed. I wanted to know more about the man who made the car the preformance icon it became. Read morePublished on May 1, 2013 by Tommy Kirk
You want to be keen to read the whole of this book. It is factual but hard to hold interest.Published on April 18, 2013 by Brian