Charles Leerhsen has crafted a superb gem of a book with this amusing account of the birth of the Indianapolis 500 . This book really is a delight . I was in the midst of more serious reading when I picked up this book . I could not put it down . Leerhsen introduces us to a cast of larger than life characters that no author of fiction could conjure up . The book moves at an admirable pace , never letting the readers interest flag . In style , imagine Bill Bryson at his very best . I can thoroughly recommend this book to anyone looking for a truly enjoyable read , whether or not they have an interest in motorsports history . It is both informative and deeply , deeply , amusing .