At the Altar of Speed: The Fast Life and Tragic Death of Dale Earnhardt

At the Altar of Speed: The Fast Life and Tragic Death of Dale Earnhardt

by Leigh Montville
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At the Altar of Speed: The Fast Life and Tragic Death of Dale Earnhardt by Leigh Montville

He was The Intimidator. A nightmare in the rear-view mirror. A unique winner in the boardroom. A seven-time Winston Cup champion. A driver whose personal success story and dedication inspired the adoration of millions of fans. Then on February 18, 2001, just seconds from the Daytona 500 finish line, the world of stock-car racing suffered a devastating loss as Dale Earnhardt fatally careened into a track wall. The tragic shock waves, and an unprecedented outpouring of respect and love, have not stopped since.

At the Altar of Speed takes readers behind the scenes of Earnhardt's celebrated life, tracing his rags-to-riches journey to the top of America's fastest-growing sport. Beginning with Earnhardt's early days growing up in small-town North Carolina, veteran sports writer Leigh Montville examines how a ninth-grade dropout started on the dusty dirt tracks of the South, went through two marriages and a string of no-future jobs before turning twenty-five, then took about a million left turns to glory. Through the pitfalls and triumphs, Earnhardt would ultimately become a celebrated champion, whose lifetime earnings would top forty-one million dollars. The son of a legendary racer, the father of a NASCAR star, he lived a total auto-racing life filled with triumph and sadness, great joy and great pain.

Transporting readers to the colorful, noisy world of stock-car racing, where powerful engines allow drivers to reach speeds of 200 m.p.h., At the Altar of Speed vividly captures the man who drove the black No. 3 car, a man whose determination and inner strength left behind a legacy of greatness that has redefined his sport. Illustrated with a section of full-color photographs, At the Altar of Speed is a tribute to both the man and his unbeatable spirit.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307481733
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/31/2008
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 353,985
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

A senior writer for Sports Illustrated, LEIGH MONTVILLE also served for twenty-one years as a sports columnist for The Boston Globe. His previous books include Manute: The Center of Two Worlds and, with Jim Calhoun, Dare to Dream (Broadway Books, 1999). Montville lives in Winthrop, Massachusetts.

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At the Altar of Speed: The Fast Life and Tragic Death of Dale Earnhardt 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book At The Altar of Speed by Muntville, Leigh Is the life story of Dale Earnhart all up through his racing career. The book describes his life after and how it was effected by his career and how he became a racer growing up. I recommend this book because it talks about how he grew up with is family and the hard times and the inspirations he got from his family. When he race it shows how his fellow racers talk about how they feared him but yet showed respect for him. Also showed how he was when he was not racing how he was a good funny, friend and a good farther.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
* fix cars here or improve them.*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book. It is a little sad to relive that moment, but the stories are interesting.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
this was a very great book because it tells stories about Dale Earnhardt from the beggining of his career leading up to 2001
Guest More than 1 year ago
At The Altar of Speed by Leigh Montville is about Dale Earnhardt and Neil Bonnett and how they became friends and started racing together. The book talks about how his father Ralph would race to pay the house bills, and would take out loans to pay for parts for the car. It discusses his personal life regarding his marriage, divorce, and remarriage. Dale tells about the good times and the bad times in his life and how he was brought up. It describes how he got his ¿Intimidator¿ name and every other name in this sport of racing. I really enjoyed reading this book and learning more about Dale Earnhardt. I would recommend this book to any race fan that liked or didn¿t like Dale Earnhardt.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Watching cars go around in circles has got to be the most boring thig in the whole world