Umbrella Mike: The True Story of the Chicago Gangster Behind the Indy 500

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The true story of a heroic racecar driver who managed to thwart an evil Chicago mobster during the difficult years of the Depression.

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Overview

The true story of a heroic racecar driver who managed to thwart an evil Chicago mobster during the difficult years of the Depression.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560259664
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2007
  • Pages: 206
  • Sales rank: 979,458
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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Brock Yates is editor-at-large and featured columnist for Car and Driver magazine, erstwhile CBS Sports analyst, and commentator for the Speedvision Motorsports Cable Network. He is the author of many works, including Against Death and Time, The Sunday Driver, and the screenplay for The Cannonball Run.

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  • Posted September 29, 2009

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    Riviting

    I found it very interesting reading,since I'm into motorsports.I resently visited Indiannapolis motorspeedway and the museum,so I had a chance to see the car and get a good view of the history and settings of the book.It was very fascinating to read the story and relate to the events taking place in the book.
    I strongly recomend the book to the ones that are into the history of motorsports.

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  • Posted October 22, 2008

    Disaapointing

    The book is full of errors. For example, Yates says that Wilbur Shaw went over the wall in the 1932 Indy 500. It was 1931. He says the car in which Shaw won the 1937 500 (his "Pay Car")was front-drive. It was rear-drive. He says, more than once, that Shaw's birthday was Oct 13. It was Oct 31. The pictures of the Maserati in Victory Lane in 1939 and 1940 are switched. The 1939 picture is actually 1940 and vice versa. And many more. All could have easily been fact-checked. The writing is awkward in spots. In describing qualifying for the 500 he says that "33 of the fastest cars..." qualify for the race, when he should have said, simply, "The 33 fastest cars..." qualify. There was either very sloppy research or very sloppy editing. It's as though they just took the first draft and ran with it.

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