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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
Buy it for yourself or as a gift. Neither party will be disappointed.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you are a Paul Newman fan this book is a must read. Well written with a lot of excellent photos.Published 10 months ago by Dan Coppock
An interesting retrospective of a great racing driver, who just happened to make movies too. Although I knew PLN from 1972 and appreciated the additional pressure he faced from... Read morePublished 11 months ago by JANSZ
learned alot more inside information on both paul and many of my racing idols. great readPublished 12 months ago by T. Marchese