Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Review: The Pacesetter by Jerry M. Fisher

Who was responsible for the these Great American Landmarks: The Indy 500, The Dixie Highway, The Lincoln Highway, Miami Beach and Montauk New York?

Received for review.

While dryly written and quite long this was actually a rather enjoyable read.  

Frankly I had never heard of Carl Fisher before reading this but I had, of course, heard of his accomplishments - if not tying them to the man himself.  It was very interesting to read about the man behind the curtain.

Fisher was not a particularly lovely person and had quite unsavory business dealings, but he did accomplish a great deal in his lifetime and for that one can forgive rather a lot.  I really liked that the author did not try to portray a kinder, gentler version of the man and instead told his story will all his various virtues and flaws on full display.

Overall, this is a dense and dry read but if you can make it through it's a wealth of information on a virtually unremembered man.  I really appreciated the numerous photographs reproduced throughout the text which really helped to put faces to the people in the stories.  While I wouldn't rush out to get this if you are interested in the subject it is sure to be an informative read.

★★★☆☆ = Liked It

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