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Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans

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By the early 1960s, the Ford Motor Company, built to bring automobile transportation to the masses, was falling behind. Young Henry Ford II, who had taken the reins of his grandfather’s company with little business experience to speak of, knew he had to do something to shake things up. Baby boomers were taking to the road in droves, looking for speed not safety, style not ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 9th 2009 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (first published January 1st 2009)
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Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans
By: A.J. Baime
Read it in cheap paper back at 320 pages.

Our November selection is brought to you by Dust. Our little reading group has two practicing mechanics, a third college educated (no longer practicing) mechanic, and a few car enthusiasts. One of these enthusiasts is Dust and thus picked A.J. Baime's Go Like Hell.

Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans is well, exactly that. The
What!? You haven't read this yet? Do so...immediately.

Okay, I may love cars, cars racing, and 60s lore more than the average reader, but this book really is a great piece of history. It's literally the biggest grudge match that the world of racing has ever seen. Ford vs Ferrari at lemanns is the stuff of legend. On top of that, you get a front row seat to the damn the torpedoes 60s racing mentality. These guys didnt even wear seatbelts, for gods sake! No wonder 4 in 10 didn't survive the race s
Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans, is the true-life story of classic duels of machine and driver in the French countryside.
There’s just enough biography of Henry Ford II (the Deuce) and Enzo Ferrari to understand the motivations of these two rivals, willing to stake their fortunes, their companies’ futures, and (all too often) their drivers’ lives on this grueling competition. The Deuce believed—correctly—that supremacy in the racing circuit would lead
Matthew Willis
A compelling narrative on the battle between Ford and Ferrari at Le Mans in the 1960s told from the perspctives on the people who were there. It isn't perfect - the brief description of Levegh's crash in the 1955 race takes the lazy and discredited view that Hawthorn caused the incident by pulling across the road without warning, for example, and there are other examples of insufficient research into events used as asides. The story ends suddenly with the controversial 1-2-3 at the 1966 event wi ...more
Ignore the cheesy cover. This is an outstanding telling of Henry Ford II's 1964-1966 campaign to beat Enzo Ferrari at Le Mans. The number of people involved in this competition who later became industry leaders is fascinating: Henry Ford, Enzo Ferrari, Lee Iaccoca, Robert Lund, Carrol Shelby, Holman and Moody, John Wyer, etc. And the list of famous drivers involved reads like a who's who of the best in the world at the time: Surtees, Hill, Amon, Rindt, Ginther, Miles, Gurney, Andretti, McLaren, ...more
Alan Chong
Go Like Hell reads like a history of warfare, with Ferrari and Ford as the generals, and their drivers, managers, etc. as the captains and soldiers that did the real battles in races like LeMans. This is a must read for car buffs, which I am not. Still, I found the history of car racing - in particular the dangers it posed to spectators, who were often the collateral damage of their fierce battles - fascinating and highly educational. You'll find out how those iconic cars, like the Shelby, got t ...more
Before I decided to become an endocrine surgeon, a general surgeon, a medical student, a college student, I wanted to be foremost a racecar driver. That desire still burns in me, and this book is kindle for a fire. I'm a novice when it comes to racing history, and this book is a great introduction to an amazing rivalry that spanned a decade between Ford and Ferrari. Showered with anecdotes, Ferrari and Ford come to life as they battle for racing supremacy, all the while many talented drivers pay ...more
Excellent. Well written informative and very interesting.
Henry Brown
Prior to this, all I knew about the GT40 I learned word-of-mouth and from a documentary on Speedvision (or was it the History Channel? I don't remember).

The author delved deep enough, not just into the history of Ford and Ferrari, but also of the drivers involved, to put everything nicely into context.

I bought the Audible version and listened through, but then bought the paperback so I'd have a handy reference should I ever need it. Well worth the money. A good read I will probably indulge in ag
Matthew O.
A fantastic story, populated with colorful characters, in an intriguing point in modern history. There's betrayal, innovation, corporate feuding, danger, breakneck racing, revolutionary cars, and plenty of tragedy. Yet at times the book is a limp wrist, and that comes down to the writing, which in itself is limp-wristed, occasionally sensationalist, overly simplistic in phrase and ideas, and rather distractingly sloppy. It's a shame, because this is high soap opera for grown boys (women would li ...more
"Go Like Hell" is the gripping story of two titans in the automotive world - Enzo Ferrari and Henry Ford II - and the battle they waged at Le Mans, when racing was the key to commercial success and drivers were killed routinely in the quest for victory.

Ford, eager to bring his father's company into the modern era, had approached Ferrari with an offer to buy the latter's legendary firm. Ferrari, however, had other plans, and used negotiations with the American giant as leverage to gain concession
A terrific account by A.J. Baime on the world of auto-racing in the 1960's. As someone who knew next to nothing about car racing before picking up this book, Baime does a great job of introducing novices into the rich history of global auto racing.

The strongest element of this book is that Baime brings to life some of the characters involved in the huge rivalry in the 1960s between Ford and Ferrari on the racing circuit. Most importantly, he portrays these larger than life characters as human be
Go Like Hell; Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans: is an awesome book. A.J. Baime writes it where you feel like you are in the cockpit with the racers, in the interviews, and even makes you feel like you have oil stains, grime, and dirt all over your body. You can feel the vibration through your hands and foot, you can even hear the screaming V-12 engine of the Ferrari or the deep thunderous roar of the V-8 engine from the Ford GT.

A.J. Baime is the author of Go Like He
Sean Gillespie
A well written tremendous account of the battle for speed during the 1960's at LeMans. The author did a fantastic job of profiling the personalities that colored the race teams and lead to the historic results. Though the book was not terribly kind to either Henry Ford II or Enzo Ferrari, I believe the author made the correct choice in portraying them in the light that he did. Simply, in order to achieve the on track results that took place, hard decisions and strong personalities needed to be p ...more
Ross Safford
It was worth it

The title for this review is a little misleading. It doesn't refer to the reading of the book, but to the attitude of so many of the drivers who lost their lives in their quest for glory and speed. The book was well worth the investment. It was informative,interesting, and well-written. I remember well how excited I was as a young man when Ford first won at Le Mans. Now I have the story of how it happened.
Grant Schweppe
A J Baime wrote a captivating account of the battle between Ford and Ferrari in the 1960's. In this book, you will discover the passion professional race car drivers had in the fifties and sixties. Before the advent of seat belts and airbags, the man who won a race was often the one most willing to risk how life trying to get there. Despite the casualties, this book is a must read for anyone who is passionate about racing or the automotive industry. It provides great insight to the industry chan ...more
Excellent read. I'm not a car guy but it the writing wasn't above my head nor was it so specific it was boring. The story is fascinating and it offers an education on Henry ford II and Enzo Ferrari, also a bit on carol Shelby. It seemed well balanced in the approach to the various 'sides' in the saga and I was happy to learn the history and it was an entertaining read as well. High marks are well warranted.
This book, which covers the battle between Ferrari and Ford to win at Le Mans, is a great book for racing neophyte like myself. Considering most of my racing knowledge comes from playing Gran Turismo, I found the book both informative and entertaining. The book covers the technology and personalities involved such as legends as the Shelby Cobra, Enzo Ferrari, the P330, Carroll Shelby, and more esoteric ones such as Ken Miles, John Surtees, and the various incarnations of the GT40 leading up to t ...more
Matthew Dixon
One would think i am an auto racing enthusiast given that this is the second book about auto racing that i read lately but that is far from true. In fact, the parts of this book that dealt directly with the specifics of the engines and the like were like another language to me. But i think the author knew that those passages would be unintelligible to a lot of people so he kept them short. Most of the book was focused on the competition between Ford and Ferrari in the mid-1960s to build the ulti ...more
Gunnar Peters
Fantastic! Great story, one that I had never heard before, and it really brought me into the world of racing. Growing up I've only ever heard of NASCAR, but if I had been able to I would have liked nothing more than to be present at Le Mans during these incredible years. Luckily for me, this book is the next best thing and does a phenomenal job of bringing you to the track.
Terri Nichols
Great read can't put the book down

A.J. is a world class author head and shoulders above all other's. This is an incredible story told with a passion for accuracy. You can't make this stuff up all you can do is let the story unfold exactly as it happened, no sugar coating. A complete lack of political correctness is refreshing to say the least.
M Tremmel
A friend of mine loaned me this paperback. It was an enjoyable book about a subject I knew little about. Interesting to learn the details of the 60's renaissance of Ford and the larger than life characters whose names we have heard before. It experimental race cars and goal of winning the LeMans reminded me a the space race that was happening in the same decade.
Josh Hamacher
Very well-written and engaging overview of the legendary Henry Ford II vs. Enzo Ferrari battle for Le Mans in the mid-60s. If you're truly a car person, there's probably not much new here. But if, like me, you have at best a casual interest in auto racing and the history thereof, there's a lot to be learned. It's an epic tale of two giants of the auto industry with personal grudges, slugging it out to be fastest.
A very interesting book for any fan of Le Mans in genral and sports car racing in particular. A must read.

That being said, my main criticisms of the book include the awkward non-notation of the footnotes. While there is a compilation of notes in the endpapers, a little too much analysis is required to match up the citations with their references.

One major criticism is the author's Epilogue where he states that Le Mans as an event and spectacle deteriorated during the 1970's. I would maintain t
Linda Chrisman
excellent - I followed the Ford vs Ferrari war through Road & Track & The Wide World of Sports. I still love the looks of the Ford GT - and admit to how close I came to stealing a Shelby Cobra in 1966 just for a joy ride... Try Leo Levine ' s Ford The Dust and the Glory for an excellent book about Ford's racing history
David J Montgomery
Great story about fascinating characters competing to win the world's most prestigious car race

A.J. Baime weaves together the story of two of the world's most interesting men; Enzo Ferrari and Henry Ford, as the wage war to win LeMans. Carroll Shelby and the famous drivers round out the cast. Buckle your seat belts. I couldn't put it down.
Michiel Berger
Heerlijk boek over de strijd tussen Ford en Ferrari, met name rond winnen op Le Mans in de jaren 60. In veel detail, lekker geschreven, en zelfs spannende verslagen van de races. Ook mooi hoe in alles de menselijke ego's de belangrijkste drijfveren zijn. Ik heb erg genoten van dit boek, aanrader als je enigszins van auto's of autosport houdt!
Look I have been a club level race car driver for about 15 years, so it's not surprising that I love this book. However, I would recommend this book to anyone who is just mildly interested in racing. It tells the compelling story of the sixties Ford v.s. Ferrari LeMans battle. It captures the emotion and conveys the facts compellingly. This would make a great racing film. Hollywood, has a poor history with racing as a subject, but this has the drama and real life heroism that Hollywood often add ...more
Excellent. My new dream is to go to Le Mans to see the 24hour race. This book was fantastic! Absolutely gripping and it brought to life that decade of the supercar. I LOVED this book and I recommend it to anyone who has ever driven a car.
Phillip Elliott
This is a fantastic review of an important part of automotive history. The names of the players are still icons on the roads of the world. If you like cars, or just a little curious about what makes a gear head tick this is a must read.
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