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Product Details

  • Paperback: 162 pages
  • Publisher: KeroseneBomb Publishing (July 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971997780
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971997783
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,570,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Cole Coonce has written about drag racing, drag queens, drum machines, sex machines, ketamine, Kraftwerk, the Land Speed Record, the record business, bicycles, Japanese drifters, high plains drifters, UFOs, quantum mechanics, shade-tree mechanics, famous nobodies that slept on his couch and Mark E. Smith. He lives in Los Angeles and probably wouldn't live anywhere else.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nitro Kitty on January 4, 2012
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I'm not a civil war buff, nor am I a blues fan, but I loved this book! I have read Coonce's other works and decided to give this a try - I was not disappointed!

Coonce's wit and storytelling ability seamlessly weave the lives of two epic war figures in a surreal tale of parallel universes, nearly a century apart, linked by an enigmatic character with first-hand knowledge of the past and clairvoyant sight into the future.

This book is esoteric enough to satisfy the hardcore history buffs, but won't scare off the armchair types like myself. It will appeal equally to civil war nuts, Hitler-haters, Rommel-wannabes, rednecks, liberal do-gooders, one-eyed harp-huffers, those that feel the war ain't over, and those that shake their head about them folks that think that way.

Non-fiction, based on historical details....hey man, that stuff could've happened!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Roman on January 4, 2012
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I've read his other work and nobody is writing like Mr. Coonce. It's straight-up Rock and Roll, back when Rock and Roll mattered. The Devil's Own Day sprints where the big publishing boys fear to tread.
So-called "Small" Publishing is where the real action is because of wild men like this Coonce guy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Russell on February 6, 2012
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Interesting and fun read. Real events from Nathan Bedford Forrest and Erwin Rommel's lives tied together by a Mississippi blacksmith and a juice harp. A quirky book that crosses back and forth from the reality into fiction and back again. Seeing perspectives through time and several different prisms made every word chapter section enjoyable. It is broken down into small sections, you could almost read it at stop lights. But the story will make you pull over and take notice.
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By Daniel M. King on June 24, 2014
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I found this story an interesting way of telling a brief history of Nathan B. Forrest. It was well written.
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More About the Author

"Cole Coonce" (born 1961) is an author and literary journalist. Coonce started writing for automotive and drag-racing magazines in the 1990s, with a series of "new journalism"-type features published by Super Stock & Drag Illustrated, Full Throttle News, Popular Hot Rodding, Gearhead, and Hot Rod Magazine. During that period, he penned the non-fiction novel "Infinity Over Zero," a history of the land speed record that is the only non-partisan account of how Andy Green and the Thrust SSC jet car broke the sound barrier while setting the only supersonic Land Speed Record.

The publication of "Infinity Over Zero" solidified Coonce's reputation as hot rodding's definitive gonzo-type journalist, as evidenced by the book review in AutoWeek asking the reader to "imagine Dennis Hopper from Apocalypse Now writing a history of the Land Speed Record."

In 2001, he was honored by the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association for "Outstanding Journalistic Vision." In 2004, he won the Los Angeles Press Club's Best Sport Feature Award for "VIVA LA NITRO!" a cover story in Los Angeles CityBeat that re-lived the sojourn of Chicano funny-car driver Tony Pedregon, as he won a professional drag racing points title. Coonce then abandoned drag-strip journalism and branched out into covering and critiquing the fields of pop culture and rock music, which lead to the publication of his second feature length book, "Come Down from the Hills and Make My Baby," which is billed as "a book to curl up on someone's sofa with a warm crack pipe and enjoy."

Recently, his byline has appeared in LA Weekly, Men's Journal, Bicycling, RAZOR and WIRED. In 2009 KeroseneBomb Publishing released his anthology of drag strip essays, Top Fuel Wormhole. in 2010, K-Bomb released a collection of his essays on modern culture, Sex & Travel &; Vestiges of Metallic Fragments; it also released Coonce's The Devil's Own Day, a literary non-fiction feature that explores the one degree of separation between Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest, Field Marshall Erwin Rommel and the birth of the delta blues in Mississippi.

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