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Autocourse 2007-2008: The World's Leading Grand Prix Annual Hardcover – Dec 15 2007

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Icon Publishing Ltd.; Revised edition edition (Dec 15 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905334214
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905334216
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 2.5 x 31.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 Kg
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,381,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Alan Henry is the motorsport correspondent for the Guardian newspaper and has been the editor of Autocourse for the past 21 years.  He has written many biographies of the sport's finest practitioners, including Ayrton Senna, Niki Lauda and Jochen Rindt.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9eb15c78) out of 5 stars 3 reviews
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HASH(0x9e617ed0) out of 5 stars Hamilton Love Fest May 9 2008
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I look forward to Autocourse every year. My first hint that something wasn't quite right, was a pre-production photo I saw of the cover: Lewis Hamilton/McLaren. This was after Kimi Raikkonnen already won the WDC.

So I order anyway. The copy I received had a different cover, appropriate to the World Champion. But almost every single race report begins with ecstatic ravings about Lewis Hamilton, whether he won the race or not.

Even worse, Autocourse gave Hamilton the #1 driver position in the annual top ten rating! The guy blew the championship! Kimi fought hard and won it, yet he gets #2 status.

Alonso, the reigning WDC is treated as an afterthought throughout.

Buy it for the history, but you can't overlook the blatant favoritism throughout this issue. Not balanced reporting at all.
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HASH(0x9e49627c) out of 5 stars Blatantly Biased Feb. 19 2008
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The blatant pro-McLaren, anti-Alonso bias of this book is unfortunate, and stands out all the more with what has happened since the book went to press. For example, the book states, as purported fact, that Ron Dennis and McLaren management were entirely innocent in the Stepneygate affair, and were unfairly dragged into the matter through no fault of their own by the actions of a single bad apple.

The rules of objective reporting exist for a reason, and this book's editors would look a lot less ridiculous had they followed them. Every page seems a paean to Lewis Hamilton's skills, yes the very driver who threw away the championship. On the other hand, the editors simply gloss over the achievements of championship winner Kimi Raikkonen who fought hard using his extraordinary talent throughout the season. Alonso's own achievements -- the two-time and reigning world champion -- receive barely any mention. In short, the book's slant is rather nauseating to all but the most intractable anglophile racing fans.
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HASH(0x9ee67264) out of 5 stars Autocourse still the best April 5 2008
By John T. Griffin - Published on
Autocourse remains the finest of all F-1 season reviews being published. Because it has a 57 year history (as of 2008 ) it has become a collectors item that ranks it a must have for any F-1 aficionado. The photographs are the years best from all of the who's who of F-1 photographers. Paul Henri Cahier, Darren Heath, Patrick Gosling, and Bryn Williams all are represented here in stunning fashion.
The reviews of the races and the stories that made the year in F-1 what is was are condensed brilliantly between the covers and make great reading even years later. Any person who is an F-1 junkie and is looking for something from his era of F-1 to pass on to the next generation with pride, Autocourse is it.