Life and Adventures of Former “Car and Driver” Publisher Revealed in New Book

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Marty Toohey lived the life of a renaissance man and details all in memoirs.

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Marty Toohey has lived an adventurous life. Born in the Bronx at a time when few neighbors had jobs and not every kid could afford penny candy, Toohey has served in the U.S. Navy and has published one of the auto industry’s top publications. Moreover, he has seen a wide scope of Americana, from the country’s race riots in the 1960s to the economic downfall of recent history. All the while, he has navigated the rough terrain of life with humor and wit. He details it all in his series of memoirs, the second book of which, “Bronx Man” (published by Trafford Publishing), is now released.

A sequel to “Bronx Boy,” “Bronx Man” tells of Toohey’s young adulthood.

With a penchant for storytelling, Toohey writes about his time in the U.S. Navy (“We fueled the FDR, an aircraft carrier, while at sea and while cruising at 15 knots.”); about hitchhiking across Texas (“Unfortunately I hopped in a cry hat, only to realize it was being driven by a madman who threatened to spray acid on my face if I made one false move.”); and about the four-hour interview with Bill Ziff that changed his life.

With equal candor, Toohey also recalls his close call during a vasectomy, his travels chasing SCCA Sports Cars, Formula One; and off-road race cars across the country, in Europe and Mexico; his downfall as publisher and his bumpy ride back up.

Toohey explains that he was inspired to write his memoirs by the many strangers who stood enraptured by his stories. From supermarkets and subway stations to churches and offices, the question that came Toohey’s way was the same: “Why not write a book?”

“Not a bad idea,” Toohey thought.

About the Author
Marty Toohey grew up in the Bronx, served in the U.S. Navy, and attended New York University. Afterward, he embarked on a 50-year career selling advertising in newspapers and national magazines, including a position as publisher of “Car and Driver” magazine. He and his wife have five children. This is his second book.

Trafford Publishing, an Author Solutions, Inc. author services imprint, was the first publisher in the world to offer an “on-demand publishing service,” and has led the independent publishing revolution since its establishment in 1995. Trafford was also one of the earliest publishers to utilize the Internet for selling books. More than 10,000 authors from over 120 countries have utilized Trafford’s experience for self publishing their books. For more information about Trafford Publishing, or to publish your book today, call 1-888-232-4444 or visit


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