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on November 27, 2009
I might be one of the first reviews here who is not a book critic. I received this book as a Christmas gift last year and was immediately captivated. Everyone in racing has great stories, but very few have had the perspective of Wendell. He had all the usual challenges of maintaining his car, paying all the bills, making it to the track, and competing to win. That's a great story in itself, but to be a black man doing this in the south in the 60's adds a completely different element. Wendell's story simply would have caused a normal human being to give up early on. What required a will of steel to endure, Brian Donovan captured very accurately in this book. Brian's detail is amazing, and benefits greatly from the fact that he was able to interview him before his death in 1990. Any other book written today would be second hand at best.
I've turned a few friends on to this book in the last year and the feedback has been very consistent with mine. Getting this book is time and money extremely well spent.