Praise for CAR CRAZY
"Absolutely extraordinary... Get this book!"
-- LLewellyn King, host of the PBS, AMG, Sirius and Voice of America show White House Chronicle, Nov. 26, 2015.
"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.
“Does the best job of teaching you everything about the 1st decade of American car-making (1900 – 1910) that I think we are ever likely to get. If you want to learn how the Ford, Olds, Reo, Chevrolet, Buick and GM got started, this book is indispensable. It’s really that good.”
-- Jesse Bowers, Just a Car Guy blog. 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.
“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.
"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.
Praise for G. Wayne Miller's MEN AND SPEED
"Thrilling." -- Boston Globe.
"An edge-of-your-seat read." -- Providence Journal.
"Eye-opening and provocative...revealing the humanity of these daredevils may be Miller's greatest accomplishment." -- Daytona Beach News-Journal.
"Miller's insights into the economic, technological and emotional workings of a top team are fresh and valuable." -- New York Times.
"One of the strongest narrative sports books since John Feinstein’s classic A Season on the Brink." -- Editorial Board, Book of the Month Club.
"Recommended." -- Library Journal.
"Mesmerizing... The moving stories of bravery, winning, and defeat, and the exploration of the addictive nature of speed make this a must-read: not only for race fans, but for non-enthusiasts who will finally understand once and for all what all the fuss is about." -- Writers Write, The Internet Writing Journal.
"A no-B.S. account of a season in NASCAR. Enjoyable, straight-ahead and smart." -- the late Paul Newman, actor and racer.
"If you're a racing fan and you've often wondered when you look down on pit road or in the garage area what those guys are talking about -- here's your chance to find out. MEN AND SPEED is awesome." -- Benny Parsons, Winston Cup champion and NBC broadcaster.
"New people with new perspectives, new ideas, have joined the throngs at America's superspeedways to take new, fresh looks at NASCAR, the fastest-growing sport on the commercial radar screen. Thankfully, G. Wayne Miller is one of them. He latched a ride through the 2001 season with the Roush Racing team and the result, MEN AND SPEED, tells the late-comers what the noise is all about. Sit down. Buckle up. Take the 288-page ride and kiss the beauty queen at the end. And enjoy." -- Leigh Montville, former Sports Illustrated writer, and author of AT THE ALTAR OF SPEED.
"If you want to learn about NASCAR, talk to the best, Jack Roush! If you want to learn about faster speeds, talk to Jack again! I have flown with Jack in his P-51 Mustang at more than 400 mph. He is as good as they come. And writer Wayne Miller captures the essence of Jack, NASCAR, and speed in his book MEN AND SPEED." -- Gen. Chuck Yeager, subject of Tom Wolfe's THE RIGHT STUFF.
"A title race fans will be talking about for years to come." -- Bob Schaller, StockCarCity.
The real story of the machine that upended a nation