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.
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.
An excellent recounting of his formative years and coming of age through snowmobiles and fomula cars. While overall the book paints him as a bit of a devilish saint it does hint at darker times too. Overall a good overview of the state of Formula 1 in the late 70's and an 'up close' look at one of the truly gifted who's time was cut short. A great companion read to the biography of his son!