Real NASCAR: White Lightning, Red Clay, and Big Bill France

Real NASCAR: White Lightning, Red Clay, and Big Bill France

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by Daniel S. Pierce

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Real NASCAR: White Lightning, Red Clay, and Big Bill France


Real NASCAR: White Lightning, Red Clay, and Big Bill France

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Capture[s] the spirit of the early years of rough-and-tumble stock racing.—Roanoke Times

Real NASCAR is one of the very, very few [racing history books] worth reading.—

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Of the many books on NASCAR history, few have been either as thorough or as authoritative as this one. Pierce (history, Univ. of North Carolina, Asheville) applies his historian's touch by thoroughly and carefully laying out the story of NASCAR's birth and development, grounding it in the culture and value system of the working-class Piedmont South, one in which manhood was often measured by one's ability to drive a car. That same culture also gave rise to the bootlegging industry and traditions, from which flowed a steady supply of race car drivers, prize money, and racetrack builders. With land readily and inexpensively available, small racetracks sprouted throughout the region after World War II, quickly spreading stock car racing popularity. The final prerequisite for success was an organizer and promoter who could pull all the disparate pieces together. That person, "Big" Bill France, was legendary in the face of many obstacles. Pierce provides not only a finely detailed narrative of NASCAR's formative years but also an examination of why matters unfolded as they did and why people became so strongly attached to the sport. VERDICT Pierce's aim to build his work on documented evidence rather than widely accepted and oft-repeated lore makes his book a standout. Enthusiastically recommended as an important work that would serve an academic audience as well as general readers.—David Van de Streek, Penn State Univ. Libs., York

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The University of North Carolina Press
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An important book that transcends other works dealing with the complex and mythic background of stock car racing in the post-World War II South. Pierce has cut through the tangle of anecdotal and (self-)promotional writings to boil the first years of NASCAR down to a rich historical broth that needs no embellishment.—Pete Daniel, author of Lost Revolutions: The South in the 1950s

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Daniel S. Pierce is associate professor and chair of the History Department at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. He is author of The Great Smokies: From Natural Habitat to National Park.

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Real NASCAR: White Lightning, Red Clay, and Big Bill France 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cool racing