Mark Houlahan
Tech Editor, Mustang Monthly
July 9, 2015
Photos By: Motorbooks

When you think of Steve McQueen every Mustang enthusiasts jumps out of their seat and yells “Bullitt.” While Detective Frank Bullitt and his 1968 Dark Highland Green Mustang fastback are certainly what Mustang dreams are made of, that’s not all there is to Steve McQueen—and no, we don’t mean The Great Escape either (though that is easily one of his top roles as well). There is a lot to what Steve McQueen was, both as a youth and as an adult. His tumultuous years with his stepfather and living in a California reform school, to becoming not just one of the greatest actors of the 20th century, but an accomplished motorcycle and automotive racer and collector.

Putting McQueen’s life story into book format has been done before, that’s for sure. At last count there are well over two dozen books on McQueen’s life, movies, racing career, and his vehicle collections. So what makes Steve McQueen: Full Throttle Cool different? The book’s artistic view of McQueen’s life, developed as a graphic-novel feel by artist Greg Scott, who has been a comic-book artist for both Marvel and DC Comics and carries a long list of credentials, makes for a page-turning read that is hard to put down. The story itself, written by award-winning military writer Dwight Jon Zimmerman, certainly aids in the feel that you must continue reading and can’t put the book down.

The book is but 96 pages, yet tells McQueen’s story quite well. If you’re an avid Steve McQueen fan you need this book in your collection, and if your only knowledge of Steve McQueen come from the movie Bullitt then Steve McQueen: Full-Throttle Cool is an easy read that will entertain and educate you about McQueen’s life, loves, and cinematic contributions. You can order your copy directly from Motorbooks or pick a copy up through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or wherever books are sold.

The book’s table of contents shows the seven main chapters and their clever play on words to describe various time frames of McQueen’s life and work.
McQueen’s mother moved from coast to coast, shaking up their lives and causing him to join street gangs and get in quite a bit of trouble in his teen years.
Bullitt was one of McQueen’s most memorable roles and this book offers up plenty of details on the movie’s shooting, the infamous chase scene, and more.
While Bullitt may be McQueen’s watershed movie moment for many of us, his acting chops would be further refined with such movies as Le Mans, The Magnificent Seven, and more, all brought to light in this book with intertwining personal and racing stories of the time period.