James Dean: At Speed

James Dean: At Speed


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ISBN-13: 9781893618497
Publisher: Bull, David Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 11/28/2005
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 11.10(w) x 11.30(h) x 0.70(d)

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James Dean: At Speed 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lee Raskin¿s JAMES DEAN:AT SPEED is a ¿must have¿ book for those of us who are curious about James Dean. Not only are the photos and documents fresh and unusual, the historical research is incredibly impressive, and the finished product is beautifully produced. I was touched by the forward by James Dean¿s cousin, Mark Winslow, Jr. I was fascinated with the many stories from family and friends. I love how this book sets the record straight on who really customized the Spyder. Most of all I appreciate the ¿cast of characters,¿ a meticulous accounting of what happened to the cars and people in James Dean¿s life. JAMES DEAN: AT SPEED is a page-turner!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is full of new and exciting information about James Dean and his passion for motor sport. It is beautifully designed with exciting photographs on every page. The book features information gathered through in-depth interviews with a whole host of actors, actresses, racers, and friends of Jimmy¿s that shed insight into Jimmy¿s short, but vibrant life. The author¿s attention to detail and precision with regard to the many motorcycles, race cars, and Porsches that crossed Jimmy¿s path, as well as details about each of the races he entered is truly impressive. The book also includes a touching foreword by Jimmy's cousin, Marcus Winslow, Jr., a moving prologue outlining the author's lifelong interest in James Dean, and a fascinating epilogue spanning 50 years. This book will be loved by James Dean devotees, sports car and motorcycle aficionados, Porschephiles and others! James Dean: At Speed will stay on my coffee table for a long time...it's a real winner!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
James Dean Lives on...well after five decades since his death. Author Lee Raskin has captures the excitement of this great actor's life with his fascinaton and passion for two and four wheel motorsports. James Dean At Speed is well-documented with current interviews and attributions from family and close friends that really knew and loved him. There have been over thirty documentaries published about James Dean since in death in 1955, but none have been as accurately written and illustrated with respect to the ownership of his Triumph motorcycles and 356 and 550 Porsches. Raskin documents every race with actual illustrated results. He includes great racing photos, many of which have never been published. He credits the Winslow family for their generous contribution of stories, photos and illustrations. The 50 year Epilogue is perhaps the most significant component of the book. The overall quality of this publication is better than most. James Dean At Speed will remain as a prominent documentary for James Dean's legacy. A wonderful gift for any James Dean or Porsche motorsports fan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love reading books about Hollywood stars and James Dean is such a tragic character that you can't help wanting to know more. I was expecting a little more text than was offered. This is mostly a pictorial (Marie Clayton's is done better) and while the pictures are lovely, there does not exist much of a biography here. George Perry does a better job combining the two forms.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Despite claims that it is chock full of new information and provides the definitive account of Dean's life, James Dean: At Speed provides a superficial and familiar account of Dean's life and career that carefully avoids any possible controversy. As someone who became obsessed with James Dean during the first Dean revival in the mid-70s and steeped himself in the available literature on Dean, I can safely say that whatever new information this book contains is fairly insignificant. Yes, there are some previously unpublished photos of Dean as a child alongside his parents that are touching. The author discovered who really painted Dean's racing number and his nickname on his Porsche Spyder. That solves a minor mystery, but it's hardly a groundbreaking revelation. And that's probably the author's major discovery. There are a few anecdotes from Dean's friends in Fairmount and colleagues like actor Frank Mazolla, but they are merely variations on the many stories that have been told to other Dean biographers before Raskin. The rest of Raskin's new information, especially regarding Dean's vehicles and brief racing career, like the vehicle identification number of Dean's Spyder, qualifies as minutiae. Because of Raskin¿s expertise on Dean¿s Porsches and auto racing, I expected he might offer an account of the circumstances involving Dean¿s death that sheds some new light on that fatal day¿s events. Disappointingly, Raskin¿s account of Dean's death adds little to what Warren Beath revealed in his book The Death of James Dean (first published in 1988). Raskin¿s text lacks depth. Major events in Dean's life are covered in only a few sentences. Raskin¿s incomplete, whitebread image of Dean is a throwback to the fan magazine stories catering to teenage girls that appeared after Dean died. In order to gain the endorsement of James Dean¿s cousin Marcus Winslow, Jr., the author presents a sanitized portrait of Dean with all the rough edges sanded off. When not courting the approval of Dean¿s estate, the author revealed his contempt for Dean to me, describing him as a ¿user¿ who exploited men and women for his personal advantage. Raskin mentions most of Dean's girlfriends at least once in his text, but Rogers Brackett, a pivotal figure in Dean's life and early career, is disposed of in one sentence that conveniently fails to mention that Brackett and Dean were lovers. James Dean: At Speed is little more than a glorified photographic collection. Nearly every one of its 144 page is occupied by one or more photos. The narrative of Dean's life is relegated to the captions to the photos. James Dean: At Speed may appeal to readers new to Dean wanting an illustrated primer on his life they can flip through, but will disappoint anyone looking for a searching examination of the ambiguities and contradictions in Dean's story.