Faster: How a Jewish Driver, an American Heiress, and a Legendary Car Beat Hitler's Best

Faster: How a Jewish Driver, an American Heiress, and a Legendary Car Beat Hitler's Best

by Neal Bascomb


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For fans of The Boys in the Boat and In the Garden of Beasts, a pulse-pounding tale of triumph by an improbable team of upstarts over Hitler’s fearsome Silver Arrows during the golden age of auto racing.

They were the unlikeliest of heroes. Rene Dreyfus, a former top driver on the international racecar circuit, had been banned from the best European teams—and fastest cars—by the mid-1930s because of his Jewish heritage. Charles Weiffenbach, head of the down-on-its-luck automaker Delahaye, was desperately trying to save his company as the world teetered toward the brink. And Lucy Schell, the adventurous daughter of an American multi-millionaire, yearned to reclaim the glory of her rally-driving days.
As Nazi Germany launched its campaign of racial terror and pushed the world toward war, these three misfits banded together to challenge Hitler’s dominance at the apex of motorsport: the Grand Prix. Their quest for redemption culminated in a remarkable race that is still talked about in racing circles to this day—but which, soon after it ended, Hitler attempted to completely erase from history.
Bringing to life this glamorous era and the sport that defined it, Faster chronicles one of the most inspiring, death-defying upsets of all time: a symbolic blow against the Nazis during history’s darkest hour.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781328489876
Publisher: HMH Books
Publication date: 03/17/2020
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 9,354
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

NEAL BASCOMB is the award-winning and New York Times best-selling author of The Winter Fortress, Hunting Eichmann, The Perfect Mile, among others. 

Table of Contents

Author's Note xi

Prologue xix

Part I

1 The Look 3

2 The Rainmaster 24

3 The Speed Queen and Old Gaulish Warrior 42

Part II

4 Crash 63

5 The One Thing 84

6 The Shadow 104

7 A Very Good Story 125

Part III

8 Rally 147

9 The Winged Beetle 160

10 "Le Draine du Million" 173

11 The Duel 186

12 "One of Us Will Die" 202

13 "Find Something" 218

14 The Dress Rehearsal 229

15 Victory at Pau 241

Epilogue 259

Acknowledgments 275

Notes 279

Sources and Bibliography 321

Index 330

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