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www.corvettemagazine.com, May 2002

New Zora Book

A new book by Jerry Burton, founding editor and current editorial director of Corvette Quarterly, tells the story of Corvette legend Zora Arkus-Duntov, who fled the Nazis during World War II and came to America to work on the first Corvette. A quintessential American success story, Arkus-Duntov's life would make great fiction if we didn"t already know it was true. Published by Bentley Publishers, Zora Arkus-Duntov: The Legend Behind Corvette, tells the story of how a gifted Russian engineer brought up by Bolshevik parents became the guiding force behind the legendary American sports car, and in the process attained the elite status of American legend himself. Burton worked with many of Zora"s friends and colleagues, as well as his widow, to write the first major biography of Zora Arkus-Duntov. For the first time in print and illustrated with hundreds of unpublished photos, blueprints, and archival documents, Zora Arkus-Duntov has been put in the perspective needed to understand his later achievements as a Russian-Jewish immigrant fighting to make his mark at General Motors. Burton's research is exhaustive, based on scores of personal interviews and thousands of documents. Anyone who has ever had an interest in Corvettes, automotive engineering, Duntov, or the pursuit of the American dream will find Zora Arkus-Duntov: The Legend Behind Corvette an enlightening and entertaining read. The 400-page, hardbound book is available for $39.95 from: Bentley Publishers, 1734 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138; 800-423-4595. You can also order the book online at www.bentleypublishers.com.