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Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 9, 2009

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“Who was faster, Steve McQueen or Paul Newman? Dick Barbour, a driver who raced with and against both, gives the nod to McQueen. He says that while McQueen was “a natural,” Newman was “methodical.” This is but one of many illuminating insights in “Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman,” a timely new book about the legendary actor who died last year at 83.” – Jerry Garrett, The New York Times

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An unprecedented look inside Paul Newman’s legendary passion for racing.
--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks; First edition (October 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760337063
  • ASIN: B003YCQCQ2
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 8.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,569,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Lee Robie on January 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Hollywood's attempts at portraying motor racing on the big screen have almost always fallen short. These films often have unrealistic storylines that revolve around cardboard characters, such as the aging champion looking for redemption or the young stud with a death wish. So if someone proposed a story about a 50ish movie star who takes up racing and goes on to win four national championships, finishes on the podium in the Daytona and Le Mans 24 hour races, and even wins in the Trans-Am series, you would probably say "get real."

That Paul Newman accomplished all that and more in a 30-year racing career begun at an age when most guys are retired is amazing - it ranks as one of the most incredible sports stories ever. Which is why I was so disappointed with Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman, Matt Stone's new hardcover picture and fluff treatment of Newman's racing life.

You won't find the inside story of what Newman did, and how he did it here. Barely half of this thin 175-page volume is dedicated to Newman's driving career. Winning is really an appreciative scrapbook, filled with numerous pictures and remembrances, but with no attempt to be balanced or to tell the whole story.

From the roughly 40 sidebars by friends, crew members, drivers, and team owners, we learn that PLN:
* was humble, and just wanted to be one of the guys
* wasn't a natural, but liked driving fast
* enjoyed practical jokes
* liked to hang out and be a regular guy
* was a real racer (as opposed to?)
Oh yeah, and he really enjoyed being one of the guys (you get the idea).

Newman's story deserves a serious, objective, thoroughly researched treatment.
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Format: Hardcover
Only a couple times a year a well written and edited book on automobile racing comes out. For 2009 "Winning-The Racing Life of Paul Newman" is one of them. It gives a comprehensive overview of his racing life and how it overlapped and interweaved with the other passions of his life-acting, philanthropy, and his family. For the die hard race fan there will be photos and facts not seen before and for the movie fan a side of their favorite actor that previously was known, but not as detailed as it is in this book. It is an excellent read no matter from which direction you are drawn to the topic.
Buy it for yourself or as a gift. Neither party will be disappointed.
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Winning, The Racing Life of Paul Newman
by Matt Stone and Preston Lerner

The terms actor, philanthropist, and racer combine to describe only one man, Paul Newman. Although he didn't begin his driving career until age 47, he developed quickly and competed into his eighties, eons beyond other competitive drivers. Written around the time of his 2008 death, this book focuses sharply on his racing career, wisely leaving his acting, philanthropic, and family lives for other authors and readers.

To many longtime racing fans, Newman seemed ageless, as if he had discovered some magic elixir that rejuvenated him every time he strapped into a race car. He drove mainly on road courses, everywhere from Nelson Ledges to Le Mans, but also on dirt ovals. He drove not only professionally prepared Porsches (the wicked 935), and Fords in the great endurance races but also karts and sprint cars, often just for grins. For multiple generations of American males, he was a hero. He may have been a Hollywood star, but at the track his humble "one-of-us" attitude meant that he was accepted by racers, who were unimpressed by other forms of fame.

This book's title comes from the 1969 movie that motivated PLN to activate his previous interest in racing. Mario Andretti, who raced for Newman's team for 12 seasons and knew him for more than 40 years, wrote the warm foreword. The book's straightforward text is dramatically enlivened by more than 40 sidebars by racing colleagues: Dan Gurney, Bob and Scott Sharp, Elliott Forbes-Robinson, Skip Barber, Dick Barbour, Rob Dyson, Sam Posey, David Hobbs, Tommy Kendall, Mario and Michael Andretti, Lyn St. James, Danny Sullivan, Christian Fittipaldi, Nigel Mansell, Bobby Rahal, Sebastian Bourdais, and several lesser-known crew members and journalists.
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Besides chronicling Paul Newman's racing exploits, the biggest message of this film is the reaffirmation of what we have known for years. This being that with his acting, racing and philanthropy, Paul Newman was one if the world's best people, ever.
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I enjoyed this book as a pictorial homage to an all around good man who started his auto racing late in life, working his way up from cheap beaters to Indy cars. This is a pleasant read with pictures on every page and candid comments from people who competed against, worked with, taught and respected Paul Newman the auto racer. This was Newman's escape from the movie world he held in such low regard. What struck me was Newman's willingness to learn the craft through hard work and patience. There is still room for a more thorough study of Newman the auto racer and one hopes it will be done before those of us who remember him are gone.
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