​​​​The real story of the machine that upended a nation

They called Henry Ford a maniac.

General Motors was given no chance.

Inside Olds, a merciless war raged.

Auto racing was a true blood sport.

And all of America was CAR CRAZY.

Praise for CAR CRAZY:

"Absolutely extraordinary... Get this book!"

-- LLewellyn King, host of PBS, AMG, Sirius and Voice of America show White House Chronicle, Nov. 27, 2015.

"This book is indispensable. It's really that good."

-- Jesse Bowers, Just a Car Guy blog.  Read the full review.

"A chronicle of the frantic, ultracompetitive, and heroic early days of automobile manufacturing... In his buoyant and charming narrative, Miller sets the foundation for the American century by charting the intense competition, rivalries, successes, and failures of the early automotive industry... A must for car lovers and plenty of interesting material to keep other curious readers flipping pages."

-- Kirkus Reviews, September 3, 2015. Read the full review.

"Engrossing and well-written, Miller's study of the cultural impact of the automobile is also a testament to the elements of the vehicle that car enthusiasts find endearing. This work will attract fans of motor sports as well as entrepreneurs and anyone interested in the power of technology to enact social change."

-- Library Journal, October 1, 2015. Read the full review.


“The dawn of the auto age brought with it conflict, controversy, fear and excitement as ably illustrated in G. Wayne Miller’s book… Simultaneously tracking several threads of the story of early automobiles, Miller reveals business and legal battles, engineering and mechanical innovations, endurance races over destructive terrain, and the social impact of the car… Several of the people who comprise these threads of Miller’s history would make likely movie subjects… [a] lively book with implied lessons about our own time.”
-- Providence Journal, November 1, 2015. Read the full review.

"With the combination of his historian’s eye and a unique, cinematic-style approach to storytelling, Wayne Miller has written an exciting page-turner. With a rag-tag cast of underdogs, death-defying spectacles and thrilling courtroom drama, Car Crazy is a must-read book that explores the against-all-odds survival of the American automotive industry in its infancy."

-- Danny Strong, Emmy-winning screenwriter of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Parts 1 and 2, and Lee Daniels’ The Butler, among others.

“Wayne Miller’s Men and Speed, about the historic NASCAR season when Dale Earnhardt died, is a sports classic. In Car Crazy, he takes us back to the birth of auto racing when Henry Ford, Barney Oldfield and other greats risked life and limb – their own and spectators’ – in pursuit of money and glory. Some things never change. A must-read for all sports fans.”

 -- Bill Reynolds, #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Success Is a Choice with Rick Pitino, coauthor of Basketball Junkie with Chris Herren, and author of Fall River Dreams.

It's hard to imagine Wayne Miller matching the excitement of Men and Speed. With Car Crazy, he has done just that. This is a story rich with corporate war, courtroom drama, world-record racing, and larger-than-life characters -- in particular Henry Ford, who was not just a mechanical and business genius but one of America’s original speed demons.”

​-- Jack Roush, of Roush Fenway Racing.

Car Crazy is a business story without compare about an industry that changed the American economy and culture forever. In Wayne Miller’s hands, it is also a story that reads like a novel, with a compelling narrative, monumental triumphs, historic failures, and a colorful cast of entrepreneurs, heroes, villains and ordinary folk who accomplished the extraordinary.”

-- Alan G. Hassenfeld, ex chairman, CEO and president of entertainment giant Hasbro.


In Car Crazy, G. Wayne Miller, author of Toy Wars and Men and Speed, takes readers back to the wild and wooly years of the early auto era: turn-of-the-century America. The motorcar was new, paved roads few, and devotees of this unregulated technology battled with citizens who thought the motor vehicle a dangerous scourge that was shattering a more peaceful way of life. As the machine transformed culture, corporate battles transformed the economic landscape.