After the Crash: From the Author
To do this story, I read Sunday Money, by Jeff MacGregor; One Helluva Ride, by Liz Clarke; The Wildest Ride, by Joe Menzer; At the Altar of Speed, by Leigh Montville; The NASCAR Way, by Robert G. Hagstrom; The Subprime Solution, by Robert J. Shiller; Panic, by Michael Lewis; and The Post-American World, by Fareed Zakaria. Also helpful were the following magazine pieces: "The Last American Hero Is Junior Johnson. Yes!" by Tom Wolfe, in Esquire in March 1965; "Housebound," by Clive Crook, in The Atlantic in December 2007; "The Next Slum?" by Christopher B. Leinberger, in The Atlantic in March 2008; "How the Crash Will Reshape America," by Richard Florida, in The Atlantic in March 2009; "The Courage of Detroit," by Mitch Albom, in Sports Illustrated in January 2009; "Motor City Breakdown," by Mark Binelli, in Rolling Stone in March 2009. Peter M. De Lorenzo’s blog at autoextremist.com is a good and interesting place to keep up with the state of the auto industry. Want to get a feel for present-day Detroit? Read pretty much anything by Charlie LeDuff of The Detroit News. State of the economy material? Bloomberg, Reuters, Forbes.com, the Financial Times, the New York Times, the Charlotte Business Journal, Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal and The Big Money on Slate.com. Speaking of Slate, Robert Weintraub had a story there, last December, called "Gentlemen, Stop Your Engines," which was useful. Also, throughout the last nine or so months, I’ve read coverage of NASCAR by those who know the sport the best: David Poole and Jim Utter of the Charlotte Observer; Liz Clarke of the Washington Post; Nate Ryan of USA Today; Michael Vega of the Boston Globe; Rick Minter of the Atlanta Journal Constitution; Dustin Long of the Roanoke Times; Jim Peltz of the Los Angeles Times; Don Coble of the Florida Times-Union; Brant James of the St. Petersburg Times; Jenna Fryer of the Associated Press; David Caraviello of NASCAR.com; Tom Bowles, Bruce Martin and Lars Anderson of SI.com; and Marty Smith, Ed Hinton and David Newton of ESPN.com.