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Fangio: The Life Behind the Legend [Paperback]

G Donaldson , Gerald Donaldson
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5 Aug 2004

Juan Manuel Fangio's illustrious name is indelibly inscribed in the record books and many consider him to be the greatest driver in history. Yet his extraordinary life was as remarkable as his racing achievements.

It was 46 years before his record of five World Championships was beaten, but even now he is still remembered for an exceptional Formula 1 career, which contained some of the greatest displays of skill and daring ever seen. Few, though know of his almost super-human exploits in epic South American road races that made competition at the pinnacle of motor sport seem like child's play. Gerald Donaldson chronicles not only those arduous early competitions but also his long journey from humble origins in remote Argentina to the lofty heights of international celebrity.

Fangio flourished in an era when racing was raw and romantic, when heroic drivers manhandled machines on duanting and dangerous tracks that are no more. Out of the car his personal magnetism made him one of the most charismatic sportsmen of all time. Fangio:The Life Behind The Legend, written by motor sport's most highly regarded biographer- Gerald Donaldson- is a marvellously fitting tribute to a truly iconic figure.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Virgin Books; New edition edition (5 Aug 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753509903
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753509906
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 2.7 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,465,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Fascinating" Guardian "Donaldson's offering on the legendary Juan Manuel Fangio mirrors his deep understanding of the sport's heroes" Independent "An enjoyable read that brings out the essence of a dedicated, warm and humble man" Classic Cars

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The inside story of one of the greatest formula 1 drivers of all time --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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"Fangio: the Life Behind The Legend" is a superb book. It explains the life of five time Formula 1 world champion Fangio and includes all his key Formula 1 races especially Germany 1957 but delves into more than that including the fact he broke his neck in 1952 and won 4 of his 5 world titles with the damage to his neck.

It also rekindles great races before he entered Formula 1, his relationship with his partner Beta for 20 years, his kidnaping by the Fidel Castro in 1958.

In short, a detailed and truly fascinating insight into a remarkable legend.
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I'm more of a motor bike man but I found this book fascinating.

Gerald Donaldson captures this incredibly dangerous period through which Fangio dominated. He vividly describes not only the racing but more importantly the human side of the man himself.

At the end of the book you feel total respect for Juan.

A great read. The only criticism being that the kindle edition - as is so often the case lacks any photographs.

Peter, Belfast.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent background on the legend 18 July 2014
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As mentioned in the acknowledgements Fangio wanted the book to talk about the man rather than the cars and the records. That came across brilliant my in the book a 5 times world champion who was down to earth humble in victory and gracious in defeat a lot of modern driver could learn a lot from this.
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