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Carroll Shelby: The Authorised Biography Hardcover – 3 May 2012

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  • Hardcover: 552 pages
  • Publisher: J H Haynes & Co Ltd (3 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844253244
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844253241
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.8 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 677,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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""Carroll Shelby: The Authorized Biography" by Rinsey Mills has set a tough standard for any future books on Shelby the man because he covers so many areas so thoroughly there's almost nothing else anyone could add - no new area to shine light on. We're glad to see that Mills' biography got published while Shelby was still there to add to it and to steer the author to sources who could come up with a lot of information that's new. The best part is the price. With a suggested retail price of $35.00 (and lower online), the price represents a real bargain for a book that will take you a whole weekend to read." - "SportsCarMarket.com" "Anyone who reads the book will come away with a far larger appreciation for just how good he was. This was not a guy who dipped his toe into the whole racing thing and built some cars, Carroll Shelby was a world class driver on the level of Moss and Fangio in his era. He was a factory driver for Aston Martin and drove nearly every exotic high end piece of iron made in the 1950s and early 1960s. From Maserati's to Allard's he was there and winning in them. If you want the most academic account of Shelby's racing life that has ever been written and realistically will ever be written, this is the book for you." - "Bangshift.com"
""For Carroll Shelby: The Authorized Biography," author Rinsey Mills received full cooperation from Shelby, who sat down with Mills on numerous occasions for interviews. Mills also interviewed family members, friends, and former Shelby American employees/drivers like Chuck Cantwell, Allen Grant, Pete Brock, and Bob Bondurant. Many of the photos are from Carroll Shelby's personal collection and have never been published before. Cobra and Shelby Mustang enthusiasts will be pleased to know that the majority of the 464-page book covers the 1962-1967 time period, from the building of the first Cobra and the formation of Shelby American to the company's third and final win at LeMans. But the book starts with Shelby'

.".. this is the most complete story we've read chronicling Shelby, truly a legend in his own time. In it we learn much about Shelby's personal and racing life, the ups and downs, and what made this man who he was. Although there are 70 photos, this book is far more about the story than the imagery, a superb effort that no Shelby enthusiast should miss." - "Vintage Motorsport"

"Plenty of books detail the life and times of Carroll Shelby, but none has ever been endorsed by the man. Until now, because Motorbooks has just released "Carroll Shelby: The Authorized Biography" by Rinsey Mills. The 464-page hardbound book includes 25 color and 40 black-and white photographs, many of which come from Shelby's own archives and have never been seen by outside eyes. The book should be considered an integral part of any Shelby aficionado's library." - "Hagerty's Classic Cars"

."..the book is worth adding to a personal automotive library" - "The New York Times"

"This biography is not the usual fluff. Here at last is the real, raw, high octane truth, right from Shelby's first memory as a child through to the present day. Mills has it all in fascinating detail that can be as outrageous as it is funny. It's all there including the whole deeply researched early automotive history in Texas with Jim Hall, Shelby's racing days in Europe and, of course, the legendary Cobra and Ford eras, as well as the years with Toyota and Chrysler and including Carroll's "lost" years in Africa. It's all etched deeply in the pages of this fantastic 400+ page volume that took Mills several years to research and write. In his almost nine decades Shelby managed to surround himself with incredible talent and wily scoundrels who created as many byzantine problems as stellar triumphs that made Shelby one of the most colorful and controversial characters of our time. I personally recommend this fine book as one of the most interesting and intriguing biographies you'll ever have a chance to read. Having spent several years of my life with Shelby I thought I knew more than most...I wasn't even close. Rinsey has it all." -Peter Brock

"Mills has written a comprehensive account of Shelby's amazing life that at times reads more like novel than nonfiction. It is highly detailed... a fascinating read." - Muscle Car Review

""Carroll Shelby: The Authorized Biography" by Rinsey Mills has set a tough standard for any future books on Shelby the man because he covers so many areas so thoroughly there's almost nothing else anyone could add - no new area to shine light on. We're glad to see that Mills' biography got published while Shelby was still there to add to it and to steer the author to sources who could come up with a lot of information that's new. The best part is the price. With a suggested retail price of $35.00 (and lower online), the price represents a real bargain for a book that will take you a whole weekend to read." - SportsCarMarket.com"Anyone who reads the book will come away with a far larger appreciation for just how good he was. This was not a guy who dipped his toe into the whole racing thing and built some cars, Carroll Shelby was a world class driver on the level of Moss and Fangio in his era. He was a factory driver for Aston Martin and drove nearly every exotic high end piece of iron made in the 1950s and early 1960s. From Maserati's to Allard's he was there and winning in them. If you want the most academic account of Shelby's racing life that has ever been written and realistically will ever be written, this is the book for you." - Bangshift.com"For Carroll Shelby: The Authorized Biography, author Rinsey Mills received full cooperation from Shelby, who sat down with Mills on numerous occasions for interviews. Mills also interviewed family members, friends, and former Shelby American employees/drivers like Chuck Cantwell, Allen Grant, Pete Brock, and Bob Bondurant. Many of the photos are from Carroll Shelby's personal collection and have never been published before. Cobra and Shelby Mustang enthusiasts will be pleased to know that the majority of the 464-page book covers the 1962-1967 time period, from the building of the first Cobra and the formation of Shelby American to the company's third and final win at LeMans. But the book starts with Shelby's birth and childhood in Texas and follows his early success as a race car driver before heart problems forced him to hang up his helmet in 1960. We can't wait to read it." - MustangMonthly.com"The result is the best, most complete and most reliable of version of the Shelby story, and as someone who has personally written his own error-riddled stories about Shelby (and corrected the error-riddled stories of others), it's a relief to read something about Shelby that isn't overcome with hype. This is a unique and invaluable piece of Carroll Shelby lore." -Edmunds.com InsideLine "This is the book that everyone in the Shelby world has been waiting for. Despite the flow of publicity, what was lacking - and has been lacking for 50 years - is the story behind the story. That narrative has been ably provided by Rinsey Mills. He comes to the fore with no shortage of Cobra experience. Other books about Carroll Shelby will certainly be written, but none as thoroughly researched or with so much attention to detail as this one. It is a comprehensive and sometimes confusing story; Mills perseveres and gets it right." - Shelby American Automobile Club



..".the book is worth adding to a personal automotive library" - "The New York Times"

This biography is not the usual fluff. Here at last is the real, raw, high octane truth, right from Shelby s first memory as a child through to the present day. Mills has it all in fascinating detail that can be as outrageous as it is funny. It s all there including the whole deeply researched early automotive history in Texas with Jim Hall, Shelby s racing days in Europe and, of course, the legendary Cobra and Ford eras, as well as the years with Toyota and Chrysler and including Carroll s lost years in Africa. It s all etched deeply in the pages of this fantastic 400+ page volume that took Mills several years to research and write. In his almost nine decades Shelby managed to surround himself with incredible talent and wily scoundrels who created as many byzantine problems as stellar triumphs that made Shelby one of the most colorful and controversial characters of our time. I personally recommend this fine book as one of the most interesting and intriguing biographies you ll ever have a chance to read. Having spent several years of my life with Shelby I thought I knew more than most I wasn t even close. Rinsey has it all. - Peter Brock"

..". this is the most complete story we've read chronicling Shelby, truly a legend in his own time. In it we learn much about Shelby's personal and racing life, the ups and downs, and what made this man who he was. Although there are 70 photos, this book is far more about the story than the imagery, a superb effort that no Shelby enthusiast should miss." - "Vintage Motorsport"

"Plenty of books detail the life and times of Carroll Shelby, but none has ever been endorsed by the man. Until now, because Motorbooks has just released "Carroll Shelby: The Authorized Biography" by Rinsey Mills. The 464-page hardbound book includes 25 color and 40 black-and white photographs, many of which come from Shelby s own archives and have never been seen by outside eyes. The book should be considered an integral part of any Shelby aficionado s library." - "Hagerty s Classic Cars""

"Carroll Shelby: The Authorized Biography" by Rinsey Mills has set a tough standard for any future books on Shelby the man because he covers so many areas so thoroughly there s almost nothing else anyone could add no new area to shine light on. We re glad to see that Mills biography got published while Shelby was still there to add to it and to steer the author to sources who could come up with a lot of information that s new. The best part is the price. With a suggested retail price of $35.00 (and lower online), the price represents a real bargain for a book that will take you a whole weekend to read. SportsCarMarket.com Anyone who reads the book will come away with a far larger appreciation for just how good he was. This was not a guy who dipped his toe into the whole racing thing and built some cars, Carroll Shelby was a world class driver on the level of Moss and Fangio in his era. He was a factory driver for Aston Martin and drove nearly every exotic high end piece of iron made in the 1950s and early 1960s. From Maserati s to Allard s he was there and winning in them. If you want the most academic account of Shelby s racing life that has ever been written and realistically will ever be written, this is the book for you. Bangshift.com For Carroll Shelby: The Authorized Biography, author Rinsey Mills received full cooperation from Shelby, who sat down with Mills on numerous occasions for interviews. Mills also interviewed family members, friends, and former Shelby American employees/drivers like Chuck Cantwell, Allen Grant, Pete Brock, and Bob Bondurant. Many of the photos are from Carroll Shelby s personal collection and have never been published before. Cobra and Shelby Mustang enthusiasts will be pleased to know that the majority of the 464-page book covers the 1962-1967 time period, from the building of the first Cobra and the formation of Shelby American to the company s third and final win at LeMans. But the book starts with Shelby s birth and childhood in Texas and follows his early success as a race car driver before heart problems forced him to hang up his helmet in 1960. We can t wait to read it. MustangMonthly.com "The result is the best, most complete and most reliable of version of the Shelby story, and as someone who has personally written his own error-riddled stories about Shelby (and corrected the error-riddled stories of others), it s a relief to read something about Shelby that isn t overcome with hype. This is a unique and invaluable piece of Carroll Shelby lore." - Edmunds.com InsideLine "This is the book that everyone in the Shelby world has been waiting for. Despite the flow of publicity, what was lacking - and has been lacking for 50 years - is the story behind the story. That narrative has been ably provided by Rinsey Mills. He comes to the fore with no shortage of Cobra experience. Other books about Carroll Shelby will certainly be written, but none as thoroughly researched or with so much attention to detail as this one. It is a comprehensive and sometimes confusing story; Mills perseveres and gets it right." - Shelby American Automobile Club

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"Shelby's life and achievements are succinctly summarized in "Carroll Shelby: The Authorized Biography." Rinsey Mills, who has written several auto-related books including three about Cobras, the authorized biography leaves no stone unturned. Mills has shone a set of high-intensity driving lights on Shelby's life, and he spent years interviewing not only the man himself, but also his family (including ex-wives), and those most closely connected to his various ventures." - Canada.com """Carroll Shelby: That Authorized Biography is a nice way to remember the man and the legend. With lots of images from Shelby's own collection, this is a book that any enthusiast would enjoy." - "AutoWeek""""Biography goes full throttle to keep pace with Cobra founder." -" Denver Post" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Rinsey Mills, respected motoring historian and author of several motoring books, including two about Cobras, is in the unique position of having been able to call on the full co-operation of Carroll Shelby in the writing of this book. He lives in south-west England.


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There's never been an official authorised biography of the great Carroll Shelby until now. It's unfortunate that days after the official publication, Shelby should pass away.

Carroll Shelby was one of the larger than life American automotive icons and he collaborated fully with authour Rinsey Mills to produce an excellent and very readable biography. The story of Carroll's life is well told by Mills who obviouly interviewed Shelby's family and friends extensively. The book is well laid out with each chapter being divided into sections meaning the book can be enjoyed in small bites. It's a fascinating story and runs to over 450 pages. All that's missing is an index of race achievements. As motor racing biographies go, this one sets the standard and at £13 on Amazon, it offers exceptional value. I highly recommend it.
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So much has been written about Carroll Shelby, mostly from an automobile point of view, that it is fascinating to have the full context of his life. Coming from an author respected for his specialist 'old car' books I am pleasantly surprised to find Mills has a talent for telling a good yarn, with a touch for the human side - some of the vignettes of Shelby's childhood and early days are particularly well told and transport the reader back to a place and a way of life now all but lost. There is a 'Just William' aspect to the young Shelby and the scrapes he got into, which come alive on the page.
This book also reminds us that we are dealing with a very successful racing driver and his rise through the local level of events to victory at le Mans is a story that could stand on its own. Just to survive that era of motor racing is a considerable achievement - not forgetting the hair raising dangers he had already escaped as an airman, all recounted here in a factual style which never the less has the reader on the edge of their seat.
This biography spells out the parallel business successes and failures that were going on prior to and alongside the racing and which, as the book explains , eventually led to the whole Cobra, Mustang and GT40 project. The twists and turns of business life are recounted, as well as the motor racing and the Author seems to have managed to make contact with an amazing number of the personalities who were involved and who are prepared to speak candidly about Shelby.
Then there is the whole African adventure.
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Good job on a complicated character. Anything I knew about Shelby first hand seems to have been presented with total accuracy. A fine biography, not the usual hagiography about Carroll and his works of wonder.
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The Texan 'good 'ol boy' who transformed the beautiful AC Ace into the world beating Cobra that rubbed Ferrari's nose into the gravel. It's the stuff of fairytale and a story of David vanquishing Goliath. The best Anglo/American product of all time!
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