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Hard Driving

The 1908 Auto Race From New York to Paris

Distributed for University of Alaska Press

Hard Driving

The 1908 Auto Race From New York to Paris

In the winter of 1908, six cars left Times Square bound for Paris. They were embarking on a remarkable motor race across the world that would capture everyone’s imagination. In this book, Dermot Cole weaves a thrilling account of the improbable journey west from New York to Paris, the varied characters, and the nascent automobile industry. Drawing from the drivers’ journals and extensive newspaper reports, Cole details the many hardships, triangulations, and physical extremes encountered along the route as the drivers attempted to race from coast to coast, cross the Bering Strait to Russia, traverse Siberia, and onward.

Hard Driving delves beyond the riveting headlines to explore the race’s implications for global politics and diplomacy and how the automobile became a viable mode of transportation.

250 pages | 49 halftones, 1 map | 6 x 9

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"Dermot Cole, a resident of Alaska since 1974, grew up at several places in the world, has published both journalistic and academic style history, and first published this work in 1991. Of the nearly global circumferencing implicit in this book’s contents, several chapters certainly highlight aspects of the American West: adventurous travel West as far as Alaska while it was a territory and a pioneering phase of the fledgling automobile industry."

Keith A. Sculle

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