THE DEATH OF JAMES DEAN Author:Warren Newton Beath On September 30, 1955, James Dean was awakened at 7:30 in the morning in his home in Sherman Oaks, California, outside Los Angeles. He had entered the air races at the Salinas Airport and planned to drive the 300 miles in his new Porsche 550 Spyder, along with his mechanic. A little more than 10 hours later, Dean was dead, killed in a violent ... more »car crash only 70 miles from his destination.
Since that day, countless rumors and conflicting reports have obscured the truth of what happened in that crash.
Now, using previously unpublished information including the transcript of the inquest into the accident, Warren Beath has pieced together the first hour-by-hour account of all the events that led to Dean's death, providing the most thorough and accurate picture yet published.
"The Death of James Dean" creates a deeply moving collage of the legacy of passion -- the rage to live and the rage to die -- of which James Dean is the supreme symbol.« less