on January 23, 2002
Let me be clear: this is simply the best racing driver biography ever written. It's complete, well written, touching and objective at the same time, respectful to the dead. It's an amazing book. No doubt the writer is a big Villeneuve fan, but he managed to avoid being totally partial.
It's full oof data, anecdotes, funny parts, tragic parts, competition, brief technical analysys of the cars, a lot of famous drivers in diverse categories... Well, this is the book.
on May 2, 2001
This is a truly impressive book. For racing fans, Donaldson delivers step by step action through a lap of the Monaco race - capturing the reader and having them feel as though they were in that car with Gilles. Glimpses of Gilles' personal life bring color to his character without being tabloid cheap!! In short, I feel sad that Gilles is no longer with us, what an awesome personality and a warm, friendly person. This book left me wishing I could meet him and wondering what Gilles would've been doing today in his fifties! Stunning book!
on February 16, 2000
It is rare to come across a biography of a famous sports personality that will keep you reading on and on and on compulsively, but Gerald Donaldson has written one. The book combines all the passion and excitement of Gilles' short career in a thorough and superbly readable biography that takes you right behind the public image of Gilles Villeneuve. In short, buy this fantastic book! It more than lives up to its reputation as the racing classic.
on January 9, 2000
This book is still today a classic, and an absolute must for any motor racing fan-- independently of their favourite category. Beautifully written, it narrates in detail the life, times, and racing of one of Formula One's most intriguing drivers. It is full of interesting anectodes and important facts about Gilles Villeneuve's racing and his all too brief presence on the international scene. It is full of interesting notes on his character, personality, and private life-- never crossing the line, however, in morbid curiosity or tabloid cheapness. You will read it over and over again.
on July 20, 1999
This book will make you feel a shiver up your spine! It's all there: the racings, Villeneuve's determination, the real facts, his family, all put together in a reasonable way that makes you read the book non-stopping. There's no need for another Villeneuve reference book, you must be sure!!!
on December 30, 1998
Gerald Donaldson has written a great biography on the life of one of the greatest racing drivers of all time. It's one of those books that's very difficult to put down once you start reading as it is very entertaining, informative, and moving. You come away from this book with a great deal of respect for Villenueve as he overcame incredible odds to become the man known for his unbelievable car control/driving skills and his tremendous heart. The book covers all aspects of his personality including his warm side, his shortcomings, and his quirks as well as providing a detailed account of his career from beginning to end. I highly recommend this book.
on August 5, 1998
Perhaps the definitive biography of Gilles Villeneuve, Donaldson writes very entertainingly, and the book will make you laugh and feel sad. He covers Villeneuve's personality well with quote's from freinds and family, and provides a balanced view of a warm, freindly, but sometimes naive and thoughtless person. Some of Gilles' exploits will shock, but it's amusing to hear from those on the receiving end. Covers his life and professional career chronologically and very well. Excellent and revealing book.