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Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari and their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans [Paperback]

A J Baime
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21 Jan 2010

In the 1960s Enzo Ferrari emerged as the dominant force in sports cars in the world, creating speed machines that were unbeatable on the race track. In America, the Ford Motor Company was quickly losing ground as the pre-eminent brand. Henry Ford II saw a solution. He decided to declare war on Ferrari, to build a faster car than anything Ferrari had brought to the track, and to beat him at the world's biggest race, Le Mans. Ferrari was just as determined to see off this challenge from across the Atlantic.

With practically no safety regulations in place in the European Grand Prix races, horrific accidents were routine, with both drivers and spectators killed in many races. The stakes were incredibly high, money and men were thrown at the competition, neither Ford or Ferrari would accept anything but victory. The battle to become the fastest in the world truly became a race to the death.


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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (21 Jan 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553818392
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553818390
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 185,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A must-buy for any motorsports fan" (Daily Express)

"All I can say is: Wow!...If you like cars - nay, if you have ever seen a car - you must read this book!" (Garth Stein, bestselling author of The Art of Racing in the Rain)

"Go Like Hell is a wonder, chuck-a-block with great heroes and villains, a pedal-to-the metal account of greed and gumption, a chronicle of obsession and vain glory. Don't worry about that seat belt. Just go for the ride." (Leigh Montville, author of At the Altar of Speed)

"Reliving the titanic battles between Ford and Ferrari that payed out in the mid-sixties at Le Mans . . . a riveting read" (Choice Magazine)

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Ferrari vs Ford: in the race to build the fastest car the world had ever seen.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By Robert Morris TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Up front, I need to acknowledge that I have almost no interest in automobile racing competition. However, I did enjoy seeing the 1966 film starring James Garner, Grand Prix, and reading James MacGregor's book, Sunday Money: Speed! Lust! Madness! Death! A Hot Lap Around America with NASCAR (2005). That said, I now acknowledge that A. J. Baime's Go Like Hell is one of the most entertaining as well as one of the most informative books I have read in many years. Moreover, it is much less about automotive racing than it is about the competition between two industrialists, Henry Ford II and Enzo Ferrari, to Dominate Formula One racing in the 1960s. However, viewed (as it should be) as a human drama, there are several other prominent characters who are centrally involved in the various conflicts: Lee Iacocca and his chief engineer, Donald Frey, Phil Hill, Carroll Shelby, John Surtees, Ken Miles, Bruce McLaren, Walt Hangsden, and Mario Andretti.

As Charles McGrath points out in an article about Baime in The New York Times (6/09/09), "The centerpiece of the story is the quest by Henry Ford II, or the Deuce, as he was known, to end Ferrari's string of victories at Le Mans, the 24-hour road race that at the time was probably the world's most dangerous sporting event. He was convinced that Ford's racing success would translate into sales back home in the showroom, but he was also locked in a personal rivalry with the imperious Enzo Ferrari, head of the Italian car company. It took Ford three tries and countless millions, but he finally prevailed when a Ford GT40 Mk II, driven by Bruce McLaren, won at Le Mans in 1966.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling Read 11 Feb 2010
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Having read many books on the topic of the GT40 and its success this is a fantastic read and insight from both sides of the fence. Written in a style that keeps you reading and really putting you there so to speak. Would have been even better with additional pics of all the cars mentioned. I found this a great complimentary read to Racing In the Rain. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars History made a page-turner 16 July 2010
By JMC
Format:Paperback
Anybody purchasing this book will be a GT40 and 60's Le Mans fan. But although the outcome of the story is well known, A J Baime tells it from scratch in a way more similar to a Follett or Forsyth novel than a sports book. One keeps turning page after page, wanting to know what will happen next. A fantastic book, with finely written balanced chapters, enough but not excessive details of past history, focusing on that half decade of Cold War between Ford and Ferrari. A must!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply wonderful 9 May 2014
By Chrispy
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Unable to put it down. Written, I guess, for the USA market and totally absorbing. I'm no expert on Le Mans history , but know enough to enjoy this thrilling book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A cracking read 11 Mar 2014
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This is a great read full stop. The subject matter is exceptionally well researched and written regarding an amazing era for motor sport. I enjoyed it immensely and unusually re-read the book straight after finishing it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 5 Jan 2014
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brilliant read! an excellent story covering the biggest race in the le mans history between ford and ferrari. very well written.
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Fascinating look and the duel between Ford and Ferrari, the driver the men at the top and the carnage.

Truly awesome machines driven by real heroes on murderous tracks at whopping speeds.

Great read now I want more details and more books of this sort.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Go Like Hell
Fantastic book about the Ford vs. Ferrari battle that was as intense off the race track as it was on it. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mark Redcroft
5.0 out of 5 stars A thriller from cover to cover
This book is true story written in the style of a fast moving novel. The battle between Ford and Ferrari in mid-1960's sportscar racing has been recounted in other books in much... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Mr. J. D. Benjamin
4.0 out of 5 stars Probably still mainly for enthusiasts
Some of the previous reviewers have suggested that this book might reach an audience beyond the simple motor sport enthusiasts. Read more
Published on 16 July 2011 by IceBear
3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly Disappointing
The good points first: the book doesn't cost much, and it does give an interesting insight into what went on 'behind the scenes', particularly in the United States. Read more
Published on 30 May 2011 by Mooster
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good reading
Henry Ford IIs assault on Ferrari and European racing during the 1960s, and how it brought forth one of the most incredible racing machines ever, the GT 4. Read more
Published on 13 April 2011 by Christian Wendt
5.0 out of 5 stars A book you can't put down!
A must for any motor racing fan this book grips you from the first page. Choose a side, Ferrari or Ford as the book portrays both as friend or foe, impartial in it's own views but... Read more
Published on 5 Dec 2010 by D. Guidone
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
A thoroughly engaging book. Reads like a novel, I couldn't put it down. Highly recommended.
Published on 5 Nov 2010 by Iain
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