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

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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.
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  • Hardback | 368 pages
  • 152 x 229mm | 454g
  • United States
  • English
  • 1328489876
  • 9781328489876

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"Faster is a full-throttle reminder of the power of heroes to inspire us in dark times. Neal Bascomb has brought to life a gripping, expertly researched tale of an unlikely band of dreamers who risked everything to challenge evil."
--Mitchell Zuckoff, New York Times best-selling author of Lost in Shangri-La and 13 Hours

"Sport, politics, and human passion collide in this sizzling ride of a book. Bringing the excitement of motor racing to life on a page is no easy task but Bascomb succeeds hugely. Rene Dreyfus's victory over the Nazis is a victory for us all."
--A.J. Baime, New York Times best-sellingauthor of Go Like Hell and The Accidental President

"Like one of the race cars Neal Bascomb so elegantly describes, Faster is a sleek hotrod of a narrative. Replete with fascinating characters, with a historic backdrop full of angst and menace, this is a David vs. Goliath story for the ages."
--Nathaniel Philbrick, New York Times best-selling author of Mayflower and In the Hurricane's Eye

"An American heiress and outcast Jewish driver team up to defy Hitler: it could be a Tarantino movie, but it really happened. Neal Bascomb brilliantly unspools their story with all the thrills, surprises, and danger of pre-war Grand Prix racing. A fascinating plunge into an era when daring drivers raced fast cars beneath gathering storm clouds, Faster is a tour de force, and deserves a place on everyone's must-read list."
--Garth Stein, New York Times best-selling author of The Art of Racing in the Rain

"Neal Bascomb's spellbinding new book does for motorsports what Seabiscuit did for horse racing and Boys in the Boat did for rowing: with a race in every chapter, every turn of the page makes your heart beat a little--yes--faster."--Sarah Rose, best-selling author of D-Day Girls
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About Neal Bascomb

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