Too Fast To Live, Too Young To Die: James Dean’s Final Hours

Too Fast To Live, Too Young To Die
James Dean’s Final Hours

 by Keith Elliot Greenberg


Published to coincide with the 60th anniversary of James Dean’s Death

On September 30, 1955, James Dean was killed when his treasured Porsche Spyder was struck by an oncoming car, and from that moment on, the 24-year-old movie star was frozen in time as THE symbol of American Cool. As proven by the thousands of people who return to Dean’s grave each year to pay homage, James Dean’s legend lives on as a MAJOR influence on youth culture for myriad generations.

In TOO FAST TO LIVE, TOO YOUNG TO DIE: James Dean’s Final Hours (Applause Theatre & Cinema Books Trade Paperback Original; September 15, 2015), television producer and bestselling author of The Day John Lennon Died, Keith Elliot Greenberg, takes readers along on an evocative journey as he pieces together the puzzle of James Dean’s final day and its everlasting impact.

Juxtaposing a wistful look at Dean’s childhood years with a captivating account of the hours leading up to Dean’s fatal car crash, Greenberg offers penetrating insight into what drove Dean to live on the edge — the early loss of his mother and his relentless drive to explore for the sake of his craft. Dean once said, “Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today.” He lived to experience, and the one passion that compared to his love of acting was his love of racing cars.

With fresh interviews with key insiders, poignant storytelling, and acute attention to details, Greenberg transports readers back in time, reflecting not only on Dean’s personal life, but also on the world in which he lived — the era after World War II, the end of the Korean War, the advent of rock and roll, with the sixties coming down the pike. From vehicle specs to Dean’s stops along the way (including for an ominous speeding ticket) to how the news reached the world, Greenberg delivers a riveting narrative of James Dean’s final hours.

A richly dimensional portrait of James Dean, TOO FAST TO LIVE, TOO YOUNG TO DIE breathtakingly chronicles the life and death of an icon whose image continues to resonate with people of all ages, decades after his premature death.

6.0″ x 9.0″
288 pages
Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, an imprint of Hal Leonard Corporation


Keith Elliot Greenberg is an author and journalist who has written about a variety of topics from wrestling to true crime. He has authored a number of bestselling books, including December 8, 1980: The Day John Lennon Died (Backbeat Books). Greenberg is also a television producer and has worked on several popular programs, including America’s Most Wanted.




Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group, the trade book division of Hal Leonard Corporations, publishes books on the performing arts under the imprints Hal Leonard Books, Backbeat Books, Amadeus Press, and Applause Theatre and Cinema Books.

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