HOT ROD by Henry Gregor FelsonCurrently on display
Not a part of the official Smithsonian CollectionMovies, songs, magazines, and books about the hotrodding phenomenon became part of post-war American popular culture. Hot rodding was seen as a dangerous form of youth rebellion. In Felson’s book, the lurid cover belies the contents: although teens die because of their recklessness in the novel, the book is a morality tale wrapped in a pulp fiction cover. The young male protagonist of the book comes to realise that speed does not mean skill-and that dangerous driving has serious consequences-and he reforms his ways.
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