When Enzo Ferrari was born in 1898, automobiles were still a novelty
in his native Italy. When he died ninety years later, the company he
built stood at the top of a global industry, with the Ferrari name
universally recognized for performance, racing prowess, and
state-of-the-art Italian design. Enzo Ferrari: Power, Politics, and the Making of an Automotive Empire is the definitive account of an epic life.
on years of original research conducted in Italy and abroad, author
(and Ferrari insider) Luca Dal Monte uncovers a wealth of new facts
about Enzo's origins, ambitions, business practices, and private life.
The book revisits all the highlights of Ferrari's rise to greatness: his
driving career in the 1920s; his management of racing teams for Alfa
Romeo in the 1930s; the launch of his own company and team in the late
1940s, and his unprecedented successes building cars for the road and
race track in the following decades. But the book also examines
lesser-known and sometimes hidden aspects of Ferrari's career, from his
earliest failed business ventures to his political dealings with Italy's
Fascist government, Allied occupiers, and even Communist leaders. And
it lays bare the internal politics of the Ferrari company and team,
whose leader manipulated employees, drivers, competitors and the media
with a volatile mixture of brute force, paranoia, and guile.
the in-depth text are extensive endnotes along with a full bibliography
and index. The book is illustrated with four separate sections of
photos, exhibits, and artefacts, and opens with a foreword by former
Ferrari president Luca Di Montezemolo, who previously served as the
company's Formula One team manager.
This is truly the definitive
biography of Enzo Ferrari, one that makes previous accounts obsolete.
Its depth, scale, and detail make it essential reading for automotive
and motorsports enthusiasts. But other readers will be drawn to a
sweeping story of Italian life, business, and culture during the 20th
“The Enzo Ferrari I knew as boss, friend, and
opponent returns vividly to life in these pages, along with a wealth of
new facts and details I never could have imagined.”