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Gilles Villeneuve: The Life of the Legendary Racing Driver: The Life of a Legend [Kindle Edition]

Gerald Donaldson
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"Donaldson has delivered the ultimate tribute to a remakable sportsman." (Daily Telegraph)

"Meticulously researched, finely structured to a remarkable sportsman." (The Times)

"A quite brilliant book. This is, without doubt, the best motor racing book this reviewer has ever read." (Autosport)

"It is true to say that I had great difficulty in putting this book down. Don't miss it." (Murray Walker)

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Gilles Villeneuve became a legend in his own time, a driver whose skill and daring personified the ideals of Grand Prix racing, the pinnacle of motor sport.


With his flamboyantly aggressive, press-on-regardless style in his scarlet Ferrari, he captured the imagination of a vast international audience as no other driver has in recent times.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1172 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Virgin Digital; New Ed edition (30 Nov. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009PMBXWI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #224,764 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent portray of a motoring Hero. 8 Jan. 2009
By S. J. M
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Touching, tradgic and enjoyable. 3 words out of a possibly endless amount that could sum up this book and Gille's Villeneuve's life. Donaldson does the most wonderful job of bring to life Villeneuve. Starting from his early life in Canada, through to being an adored hero to countless millions, the auther brings to life every aspect of this extraordinary person. Despite the tradgic ending, there is something uplifing about finishing this book, and its nice to hear about the era in which Gilles lived. His life may have ended in Belgium 1982, but the Gilles Villeneuve legand will continue for as long as people race cars.

"Gilles Vivo" (Gilles Lives)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book on the Canadian Daredevil 26 Feb. 2001
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
What can you say? Gilles was one of the greatest. He was up their with Senna in terms of passion and as Donaldson states at one point Gilles said that he only felt truly alive behind the wheel. He was a racer's racer. This not only charts his career, but also his life and passions. It has interviews from the greats like Mr. Ferrari,Laffite, Prost, Lauda, Arnoux and so on. Buy this book now, you won't regret it, it's fantastic
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent biography 27 Dec. 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Donaldson has writen the ultimate biography, and even if you can sense that he genuinely liked Villeneuve, he doesn't put his subject on a pedestal. This is a must for anyone who followed F1 in the early 80's, and especially people like me who has never been able to forget the fast and fearless Canadian who died much too early.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The must have for any Villeneuve fan. 18 Nov. 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This book is the best of all the material written on the late great Gilles Villeneuve. It is well written, interesting but above all it is more than just a list of race statistics, it is about the man and what he thought and aimed for.
There are many quotes from the starts of F1 past and many excellent photos (b/w & colour).
I can not recomend this book enough, if you are a Gilles fan buy it, if you are a general F1 fan buy it if only to get to know that period better. It is an absolute must for any serious F1 fan. Nuff said.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to put down 17 Oct. 2005
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A very interesting read. Well written and seemed to cover plenty of facts. I enjoyed reading about a hero who was before my time, as his legend lives on. I can see why other reviews say there is barely a bad word about him, as this book does give a strong impression of a committed racer who wouldn't do anything other than give 100%. I think it's worth reading to learn about how he rose to the top of motorsport.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't put it down 28 Dec. 2003
Format:Paperback
Bought it yesturday, haven't been able to stop reading since. Excellently researched. A great read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still mourning the loss 26 Jun. 2010
Format:Paperback
Every F1 fan should find this a good read. Interesting thoughout and puts you well into the mindset of F1 in the Gilles Villeneuve era. Certain other F1 drivers may come close, but this guy was 100% racer, unconditionally, and this book reflects that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
The author describes Villeneuve life with passion ,keeping the reader alwalys
interessed in his private and racing life , specially in the Ferrarri days , showing how he gain the respect from other drivers .
Enzo Ferrari is shown , has a man , that we thought was rutless , and cold , showing a deep attachement to this little crazy and impetious driver , who always was forgiven and understood by Enzo .
A outstanding well written good book , to read on those cold and rainy days.
I truly recomend it ,to everybody who misses the good old days of F1 drivers!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
one of the better F1 books well worth the read
Published 16 days ago by david howe
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
Quick and as promised
Published 1 month ago by M. S. Williamson
4.0 out of 5 stars A worthy tribute
Easy to read. Very insightful and moving. We won't see his like again.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good insight into
A great racer and a full and detailed history for any f1 fan of the man and the legend has
Published 11 months ago by Nigel Boynton
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
I remember watching Gilles from his debut in F1 until his final GP in 1982. A great loss to the sport. Read more
Published 11 months ago by David Tuck
5.0 out of 5 stars Something Special
Being born in 76 I was unable to witness this guy in action. A 1/8 scale helmet sits proudly on my desk at work in rememberence and recognition of how special he was and indeed... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mr. P. A. Mason
4.0 out of 5 stars A comprehensive review of Villeneuve's life
Gilles Villeneuve has been my hero for many years prior to purchasing this book, so in some respects, I may be biased about the content. Read more
Published on 16 Aug. 2012 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Gilles Villeneuve: Life of the Legendary Racing Driver
I bought this book as a gift for my son, an avid F1 fan. He was delighted with the book and read it from start to finish within a day. He loved it!
Published on 27 May 2012 by catman
5.0 out of 5 stars A Superb Book
This is a superb biography of the ultimate 'Racers Racer' . Donaldson is thorough in his telling of the life and death of Gilles Villeneuve . He tells the tale warts and all . Read more
Published on 3 April 2012 by A . J . Reynolds
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