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Shelby: The Man, the Cars, the Legend [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Wallace A. Wyss

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27 April 2007
This book takes a look at the life and times of Carroll Hall Shelby, from his birth as the son of a rural Dallas-area postman well before WWII up to his present activities where once again he is advising Ford on the creation of a Shelby Mustang. A thorough reference on Shelby's life with cars, from the days when he raced Ferraris and Maseratis, to the beginnings of the Cobra, the Daytona, the 427 Cobra, Ford's battle for LeMans, the front drive Shelby Dodges, the infamous Series I, Shelby's time at Chrysler, his participation in the development of the Viper, and his quarter century-long running battle with the army of Cobra clonesters. Throughout all the car talk are personal glimpses of the world of Shelby, which included stretches as a WWII era bomber pilot instructor, oil well roustabout, chicken farmer, cement hauler, chili cook, horse breeder, dog breeder, flying instructor, safari guide, car dealer, bon vivant, motel owner, art collector, inventor, father of three, grandfather, and philanthropist, not to mention friend of everyone from politicians to Kings.

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Amazon.com: 3.8 out of 5 stars  14 reviews
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1.0 out of 5 stars A book in search of a proofreader! 16 Mar 2008
By S. White - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
One of the aspects that makes this book intriguing, is that it covers the time span from just before Shelby started racing, up to the point when the new GT500's started production. The book attempts to span roughly 60 years of Shelby's life - trying to cover them in just chapters or a condensed book naturally won't cover his entire history in depth. However an admirable attempt is made.

Where this book falls short, & there is a huge weakness here, is it's quality - spelling, grammar, repeated words, use of both a current & past tense next to each other like he couldn't decide which one to use & forgot to go back & delete one of them, as well as historical & technical errors. If any book has ever called out for an editor & proofreading, this one is it! It would make the basis of a good first draft, if he had only had a proofreader or editor go over it & make the numerous corrections first.

If one can look past the poor quality & errors, it makes for some interesting reading, as long as one doesn't attempt to take it as ultimate source for Shelby info.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Shelby 30 Dec 2007
By Patricia A. Rivers - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this book for my husband, a car fanatic. He was very disappointed. He said it was poorly written, not proofread at all, and he does not recommend it. We are avid readers, owning several hundred books, and he did not like this one at all.

Get it if you are interested in Shelby but don't be disappointed by the poor quality of the writing.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Man Made a Difference 21 April 2007
By A. Goode - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
In an industry dominated by multi-national corporations, rarely does one man make a difference. Yet for 50 years, Carroll Shelby has continued to have an impact on the automotive world. This book chronicles his rise from a Texas chicken farmer to race car driver to auto designer, with numerous anecdotes from those who knew him best. Shelby's triumph over Europe's racing elite is the classic American success story that will fascinate even non-car buffs. But more than a story about a man, this book is about Shelby's cars, with enough information to satisfy the most fervent fan. As a reference book, it is an invaluable work for every classic car owner or wannabe owner like myself. This book is not just Shelby fan mail, however, but also covers the failures and inside deals that went with the evolution of Cobras, Dodges and the other fabulous creations that form a part of muscle car history.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BugSmasher 26 Oct 2011
By "BugSmasher" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I've owned this book for a number of years now , it's smaller size & being paperback make it easy to carry with me as I spend a bit of time away from home & I find that a good feature as it is quite a knowledgeable book , interesting & I use it as a reference manual to some extent , of course I've got notations & reference marks all through the book for quick answers. In fact the inside covers front & back are filled with my quick reference indexes with page numbers. It's kind of like my traveling " Shelby " encyclopedia ! There's no doubt it's a good read & I'm more than happy I bought it , it may not be as large as some of the other " Shelby " books but I feel it more than makes up for it's small size with it's interesting chapters start to finish. A handy book for the " Shelby " enthusiast ! It has reasonably large print for an old " Gaffer " like me & the photo captions are easy to read. Oh yes should mention it fits in my camera case, vehicle glove-box , etc, it's always there for reviewing , 5 STARS !
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2.0 out of 5 stars Solid Info, Horribly Written 17 Jun 2009
By Christopher James - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
First off, this book contains some great info about the man and the cars, as well as some good quotes.

What bugged me was two things. One; the book is filled with grammatical errors and feels like its written in the style of a middle school research paper. ("In march, shelby placed in third place at such and such racetrack. In june, he won first place at this other racetrack. In august...") Secondly, the author CONSTANTLY cites other books written on Shelby. On the one hand, it's good that the author did his homework. But the sources are cited so often, you might as well just buy the other Shelby books.

On a scale of pass, borrow, or buy, I would say borrow if you want to know everything about shelby, but if you're just a car fanatic like myself, there are plenty other (and better written) books about the topic, making this one an easy "pass".
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