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Against Death and Time: One Fatal Season in Racing's Glory Years

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Against Death and Time chronicles one fatal season in the post-war glory years of racecar driving. It is the story of the dispossessed young men who raced for "the sheer unvarnished hell of it." Yates has been writing for Car and Driver for more than thirty years and is one of the best-known people in the racing world. He raced his own car for a season in a Plimpton-like a ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published November 29th 2005 by Da Capo Press (first published November 28th 2005)
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Rey Dekker
Dec 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
...pretty incredible book if you are a motorsports fan...got this one from Robin Miller of Speed Network...knew of Yates and his writing from magazines past but didn't realize how he "Gumped" so many pivotal and newsworthy events...the disastrous crash that killed over 100 people at Le Mans, being on the scene within minutes after the crash that killed James Dean in CA...pretty amazing stuff...a good, quick read for anyone interesting in how visceral and dangerous motor racing was in the early f ...more
Grant Schweppe
Dec 30, 2011 rated it it was ok
I have read other pieces that covered motor racing in the 50's and 60's, and this book read as if it was a research paper. Although the author was detailed in his accounts, he would change subjects frequently and the separation of chapters seemed random. Knowing about some of the events he wrote about, Yates seemed to rush through the races only to repeat a point as if it was his thesis statement. He would state his points bluntly instead of letter the reader discover what he was trying to say t ...more
Jeff Koslowski
Jul 26, 2016 rated it liked it
For a 235 page book, it tries to do a lot. I appreciate the "faction" style of writing the author uses but I don't think this is the right time or book for that.

There are a noticeable amount of grammatical mistakes in the text which is rather head-scratching.

I was hoping for a scholarly approach to these topics and instead I got a story. It makes it more readable but it also feels more like fiction than it does non-fiction.
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Brock Yates was an American journalist and a best-selling author, most frequently about automotive topics and motor sport.