From the publisher's blurb:
With certain appeal to all motor sport enthusiasts - and, indeed, everyone who thrills to the adventure of high speed - this book tells for the first time the complete inside story of the world's land speed record.
From its beginnings to the present day records by Donald Campbell and Craig Breedlove, here is a stage-by-stage account of each attempt by every competing country, progressing from the original dream to the building of the car, the driver's struggle against often overwhelming odds, and a driver's-seat-view of the actual attempt.
Based on research gathered at first hand from the countries concerned, in order to ensure absolute accuracy, this authoritative story vividly recreates the authentic atmosphere of daredevil record breaking. The full specification of each car is given and its technical progress is described. Additionally, there are many excellent action photographs of the world'as fastest cars and their drivers.
THE FASTEST MEN ON EARTH, capturing the spirit of courage and determination essential to the making and breaking of records, puts the reader behind the driving wheel of the cars that have made speed history.
43 b/w illus., records, biblio