Here's another book about the greatest racing driver the world as seen up to the seventies. No its not. This book is in fact an autobiography in disguise, as this is the only book that was directly supervised by the great man himself and all that's written is as he intended. That much is said by Fangio himself on the preface.
The book was based on a big number of interviews made over an extended period and is, in my view, segmented in three parts.
The first one (chapter 1 to 14) tells us the story of the origins of the man and of his racing life before coming to Europe. This part is very interesting and one learns of the hardships and the races that forged the champion to be.
The second part (chapter 15 to 32) is the well known history of its racing days in Europe. Excellent story competently told but almost no new ground broken.
The third part of the book relates to the post racing life (lightly brushed), the opinion of the champion on some races or events of his life and of the (sycophantic) comments of friends and past protégés (boring).
The book was originally written in Spanish and I do believe that some of its edge was lost in translation. The `say no evil do no harm' attitude of Fangio himself prevented any new insights on the story.
The experts may say that this book is not always at odds with the facts as we have known them. Please remember that Fangio was in is late seventies when this book was written so I'll put that slight discrepancies to an old man memory lapses and the rose tinted spectacles that come with age. The book is entertaining but could have been better if one remembers the greatness of the story to be told