James Dean: Rebel with a Cause (Indiana Biography Series)by Wes D. Gehring
On September 30, 1955, a budding movie star who had just completed a rigorous schedule that included three films, set out on a trip to participate in a sports-car race in Salinas, California. James Dean never made it to his destination. Instead, Dean's silver Porsche 550 Spyder was hit head-on by another motorist. Dean, the actor from Fairmount, Indiana, had died. Dean, the legend, was born. In this third volume of the IHS Press's Indiana Biography Series, Wes, D. Gehring takes a fresh look at Dean's life, exploring the actor's early days growing up on a farm in Fairmount to his struggle for success as an actor in television and on Broadway to his meteoric rise to fame in Hollywood.
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This Dean biography merits its kudos as both a "Non-Fiction Finalist" in the Indiana State Library's "Best Books of 2006" competition and a "Foreword Magazine" "Biography Finalist" at BookExpo (Washington D.C.) in 2006, where it took home the Bronze Prize. I was not disappointed.