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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Viking (Oct. 26 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241950120
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241950128
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #784,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'This book does full and elegant justice to Formula One's greatest driver and wiliest tactician. "Few people really know me", Senna once said. Williams comes very, very close' Mail on Sunday 'Not just an insightful and pragmatic assessment of Senna as driver and complex human being, but a thorough examination of that grim weekend for F1' Financial Times 'A masterly portrait--literate, poignant and truth-seeking' Scotland on Sunday --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Richard Williams is chief sports writer for the Guardian. His previous jobs include chief sports writer of the Independent, assistant editor of The Times, editor of Time Out and Melody Maker, and head of artists and repertoire at Island Records.

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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Ayrton's death revisited Aug. 28 2005
By Sylvesterthekat - Published on
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I was a big fan of Ayrton Senna at the time of his tragic death and remember clearly the events during the race weekend. Reading Richard Williams account of how things unfolded brought back all the emotions of that time. Especially good was the chapter describing his funeral, for a couple of reasons. Firstly he conveyed just how much Brazil loved their man and I was able to fully empathise with them on their loss. Secondly he provided details which anyone outside of Brazil, such as myself, probably did not know. I found myself sobbing again with the grief as if it had only just happened. The rest of the book skims over Ayrton's career and you'd get a better idea of who the man was and be awestruck by his achievements if you read Christopher Hilton's book The Hard Edge of Genius. The account of the accident itself and the ensuing legal action is enlightening and brings together information previously scattered about in newspapers and periodicals, putting it together in a logical timeline. Overall a good read but it doesn't get 5 stars because I felt there was something a little lacking, substance-wise.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Excellent book! Oct. 25 2011
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I must confess: the first time I heard about Senna was when I saw Asif Kapadia's film. I've never been interested in motor racing, in fact in any kind of racing, generally speaking I'm not into sports. I went to see the film just because it was presented as a documentary and I loved it. Brilliant. I was totally fascinated by Senna's complex personality, his charisma. I saw the film several times, then I started to buy books and read about him and his absolute passion for formula 1. I think Senna was a gift to Formula 1 taking into consideration that even now, 17 years after his death, his personality is capable of making new fans. And this is good for all the drivers of that era, otherwise they are almost forgotten or unknown (to those who are not formula 1 fans). I would've never known that Alain Prost,G. Berger, Ron Dennis,and so many more ever existed if I hadn't have the wonderful opportunity to watch the film and see the real Senna in action. I am so happy that his life never became a biopic made in Hollywood with an actor in Senna's role. I loved the book written by Richard Williams. First I read another book and I was kind of disappointed although it contained lot of information. I didn't like the style though and I was disappointed thinking that Ayrton really deserves much better writing. The way Asif Kapadia made such a compelling film, Richard Williams accomplished in the book. I read in two days and I loved it. I highly recommend it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
MUST READ if you like F-1 April 6 2012
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All F-1 fans, and especially Senna fans must read this great bioraphy. I have many Senna books, but even though this is not a lengthy book it is by far the Best. MUST BUY.
Ayrton was a driver first, and didn't make many friends! Nov. 5 2013
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A very condensed book about the life of Ayrton before and after his accident. Was hoping for more information about the aftermath, trial and inquiry. Even with those short comings, Ayrton's life and his racing skills come to light.
intelligent examination of what makes a legend Jan. 6 2015
By Hazel Purre - Published on
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Subtle and insightful, this skilfully written book covers the making of Senna's glory years and the aftermath of his fatal crash. It helps the reader to appreciate the human and sublime aspects of genius.

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