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Sun, Dec 27


Online via Zoom


Sponsors: CCJCC, Cong. B'nai Shalom and Jewish Book Council

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Time & Location

Dec 27, 2020, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM PST

Online via Zoom

About the Event

Faster : How a Jewish Driver, an American Heiress, and a Legendary Car Beat Hitler's Best. 

For fans of The Boys in the Boat and In the Garden of Beasts, this is a pulse-pounding tale of triumph by an improbable team of upstarts over Hitler's fearsome Silver Arrows during the golden age of auto racing.

Rene Dreyfus, a former top driver on the international racecar circuit, had been banned from the best European teams—and fastest cars—by the mid-1930s because of his Jewish heritage. Charles Weiffenbach, head of the down-on-its-luck automaker Delahaye, was desperately trying to save his company as the world teetered toward the brink. Lucy Schell, the adventurous daughter of an American multi-millionaire, yearned to reclaim the glory of her rally-driving days. As Nazi Germany launched its campaign of racial terror and pushed the world toward war, these three misfits banded together to challenge Hitler’s dominance at the apex of motorsport: the Grand Prix. Their quest for redemption culminated in a remarkable race that is still talked about in racing circles to this day—but which, soon after it ended, Hitler attempted to completely erase from history. Bringing to life this glamorous era and the sport that defined it, Faster chronicles one of the most inspiring, death-defying upsets of all time: a symbolic blow against the Nazis during history’s darkest hour.

You may purchase Faster by Neal Bascomb at Flashlight Books in Walnut Creek, 


Rakestraw Books in Danville

Admission is free. Registration required. Upon registration, you will first receive a confirmation email, and an hour before the event, a reminder email with the Zoom link. If you don't see these emails, please check your spam/junk folders to retrieve it. We suggest adding "" to your contacts or safe senders list.  

Sponsors: CCJCC, Congregation B'nai Shalom and Jewish Book Council.

More About The Author:

Born in Denver, but raised in St. Louis, Neal Bascomb first worked as a journalist in London and Dublin. He moved to New York where he became an editor at St. Martin's Press, followed by another stint overseas as a columnist for a Parisian magazine. In 2000, he turned to writing books full-time, having published five since then, including the besteller Perfect Mile, Red Mutiny and Hunting Eichmann. Bascomb's books have been optioned for film, featured in several documentaries, and been translated in over ten languages. He has also written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Los Angeles Times.


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