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Zora Arkus-Duntov -The Legend Behind Corvette (Chevrolet) 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0837608587
ISBN-10: 9048186366
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Burton is best known as the founding editor and current editorial director of Corvette Quarterly.
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Product Details

  • Series: Chevrolet
  • Hardcover: 428 pages
  • Publisher: Robert Bentley, Inc; 1 edition (January 3, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9048186366
  • ISBN-13: 978-0837608587
  • ASIN: 0837608589
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #621,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Hib Halverson on November 30, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Visit a book store with an automotive section or, look right here at Amazon.com. You'll find many books about Corvettes: engine building, racing, restoration, facts-and-figures, service manuals, coffee-table picture books, parts books, assembly manuals, collections of reprinted magazine articles and a variety of other titles. Like I said...there are lots of Corvette books.
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.
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Very very interesting book on the Father (but not creator) of the Corvette. The book brings the legend to life. If you have already put Zora on a Pedestal, then you may not want to read this book as it shows his human side (but does not tarnish it). On the other hand if you want to know the inside story on someone who had a tremendous influence on automotive history, then read this book. If you want to learn about how the Corvette happened and grew, then this book is for you.
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You don't have to be a Corvette enthusiast to enjoy this book. Duntov's life was so colorful that it reads like a novel. This book is full of characters that make it a page-turner. He never became a true executive of GM but his influence was greater to the corporation's image than any of the people on the top floor. You will be surprised at his achievements thoughout the automotive industry.
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A die hard Corvette fan will love this book and it's associated history that accompanies the Corvette. It will also appeal to any person that wants to read a story about someone who sets his sights high and makes something out of himself. He is one of the true icons of the auto industry standing shoulder to shoulder with some of the greatest engineers to date.
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Zora Arkus-Dontov was an important part of the American automotive scene for decades. This book covers his entire life, not just his career at General Motors. It is more than an in-depth look at the man, his accomplishments, and his shortcomings. It is as much a story of corporate personalities and politics as it is the story of an individual.

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.
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This is a Excellent Biography on A Man who deserves credit along with others including Harley Earl,Ed Cole,etc on the Birth and development of the Greatest American Sports Car,I would Dare Say Best Overall Sports Car. I find Jerry Burton's Book and Zora's (R.I.P.)life at times funny,other times tragic,and sometimes plain Shocking and a bit disappointing(his Immoral Behavior-Elfi is A Saint,God Bless her.)This Biography on Zora Arkus-Duntov,A Man born of A Communist philandering mother sadly.Who despite this and the distance his mother had towards him still become a Man who paved his way and overcame.He was not a Perfect man,none of us are. It's just disappointing to read on some of the cold things he did.
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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As a lifelong lover of American performance, Duntov was an Icon to me. Then I purchased a C3 Corvette. I had to find out more about "The Godfather" of the vette. This book is a kinda long read but not boring,what an interesting guy. His whole life revolved around performance. It covers his whole life. The years at GM are frustrating as much to the reader as they were for him, having to fight for his "baby" the Corvette. At times it seemed like the "14th Floor" did not know they produced Corvettes or what they were used for. I am very glad I read this book and have a greater appreciation for what ZAD did for Corvette enthusiasts the world over.
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