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Ayrton Senna: The Whole Story Paperback – Aug 12 2004

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Haynes Publishing (Aug. 12 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844250962
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844250967
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #213,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'definitive work on the great man' Octane

About the Author

Christopher Hilton is the author of numerous high-quality books about motor racing subjects, including biographies of Michael Schumacher, Ayrton Senna and Murray Walker. He lives in Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, England.

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Excellent book and very well written. Definitely recommend for any Senna fan!
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Terrifically detailed interesting read. Can't put it down!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unbiased and thorough May 22 2006
By Pablo M. Coronel - Published on
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Very thorough recount of Sennas life by someone who followed his carreer closely.
Each of the events are well written and exceprts of interviews from all the sides are included. Very unbiased !
It took me a few days to read, I enjoyed and my heart leaped with excietement remebering each season, each headline, etc.
A fantastic recollection of the Incident in Suzuka, and of "the lap" at Donnington.
But as soon as I arrived to Saturday Apr 30th 1994 my eyes were filled with tears and had to put the book back.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very informing for Senna fans Jan. 9 2007
By Gudjon Gudmundsson - Published on
Format: Paperback
I don't want to write a long review since I don't think of myself as a qualified book reviewer.

I was and am a true Ayrton Senna fan so the book was almost mandatory for me to own, it gave me good insight into what he was like and what modivated him through his short but very successful life.

I recommend this book to anyone who truly is an F1 and Ayrton Senna da Silva fan and has some questions about his career as a driver.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Insight July 17 2007
By Shahruzaman Abdul Rahim - Published on
Format: Paperback
Very detailed. Better if more pictures were added.
Truly explains how unique Senna was mainly as a driver and in all that he does. Without a doubt, he was the greatest.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read, obviously by a big fan of Senna's Nov. 13 2009
By Vince Dattoli - Published on
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This was the second of the more focused books about Senna I have read so far, and it was very interesting. The author seemed a bit in awe of Senna's accomplishments, and was obviously a big fan. Though it elevated the point of view at many times to make Senna appear to be an absolutely awesome gifted driver, it couldn't help revealing that Senna was a very driven man. Pun intended. It created the portrait of someone almost in another world when it came to winning, to the point that it seemed as if he didn't even see his fellow drivers as people, but just as annoyances who were getting in the way of his being first to finish. It wasn't as if they were all in it together, competing, all pushing for the championship, and being gentlemen about it, but just that HE was, and get out of my way. It's very clear he was very skilled, and his accomplishments were impressive, but a good sportsman would be a hard title to bestow upon him. To him winning was everything, no matter what, and begs the question, is it?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great biography by a fan of Senna's March 2 2016
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Ever since watching "Senna" the documentary, I've been intrigued by the story of Ayrton Senna. The movie did a terrific job of introducing this wonderful person to me (as someone who was only vaguely aware of anything related to Formula 1) and made the topic fascinating. Since then I've spent hours watching youtube videos of different races, interviews with Prost and others involved in the story, and the book did a terrific job of presenting more wonderful stories about this interesting man. The writing is much like that of a columnist or profiler and it is abundantly clear that Hilton had gotten to know Senna a little bit and was a big fan of his. Despite that, there are certainly moments where you do get to see some of Senna's mistakes or failings but the overall tenor of the book is a very positive one.

But I don't think Hilton ever makes any kind of case for his book being objective or comprehensive, just that he wanted to tell the story of Ayrton Senna as he knew it. And in this regard, he does a great job. Reading about how quickly Senna could learn to drive and understand other types of racing cars and the small personal habits he kept as he developed into a world champion was tremendous fun. I've just read the book for the second time and enjoyed it just as much as the first time.