"The complete yet never told story of James Dean’s passion for professional racing, his cars and races, within the context of his life, the many celebrities he befriended and his stunning Hollywood success before his tragic death at 24. The book also details his fatal accident almost ''frame-by-frame,'' based on police reports, witness testimonies and the author’s own analysis.
James Dean was America’s first ''Teenage idol'' and almost single-handedly initiated the youth revolution that swept the country in the late 50’s and 60’s, turning first into the Beat Generation, then the Hippies, then the anti-establishment movement. All of this is artfully weaved into the book, in context with James Dean extraordinary talents - acting, music, sculpture, racing, etc. - and revolutionary approach to everything.
More than 100 top quality photographs, the majority being splendid shots by the greatest photographers of the 1950’s such as Sanford Roth and Dennis Stock, featuring not only James Dean, but also celebrities such as Elizabeth Taylor, Natalie Wood, Marlon Brando, Rock Hudson, Sammy Davis Jr, Ursula Andress, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Geraldine Page, and Pier Angeli. In addition, the book features some never-before-published high-quality racing photos showing classic Porsches, Ferraris, Jaguar, and Mercedes and vying against American Specials on the race tracks of the 1950’s. "