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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (6 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755316495
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755316496
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 3.1 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 654,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'it is the one book devoted to Schumacher that [Lewis] Hamilton would be advised to read' ( Daily Telegraph )

'high octane enjoyment' ( Manchester Evening News )

'a well-rounded and thought-provoking look at [Schumacher]' (F1fanatic.co.uk)

'James pulls no punches while revealing the brutal and generous sides to this great champion' ( Scottish Sunday Post )

'a real winner' ( Herald Sun)

'Allen uncovers a more complex figure beneath...Fascinating' (Sun Herald)

'Allen hedges his bets on the controversial crashes that tainted Schumacher's reputation, but uncovers a more complex figure beneath' (The Advertiser)

'Renowned F1 commentator James Allen cleverly dissects the mind of the world's biggest sporting superstars to answer some age old questions...A must for budding sports psychologists' (Inside Sport) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Acclaimed analysis of the life and career of Formula 1's most successful driver - Michael Schumacher --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 May 2000
Format: Paperback
This book provides a real insight into Michael Schumacher's life. It talks about his feelings both on and off the racing circuit, the importance of family life to him. It also goes into great detail about that controversial crash Jerez 1997. For those people who don't like Michael this book i'm sure will change your mind, you'll definitely realise he's just human, like the rest of us. Once you start reading this book you'll find it hard to put down.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Mr. SPF Rodrigues on 7 Aug 2002
Format: Paperback
From the moment I picked this book up I knew I was addicted to it. No other book I have read on Schumi comes close to this.
This book truly focuses on the mind, psychology and dicipline of the greatest driver of this era.
It also explains the relationships between himself and the people around him in fine detail.
For those who just love F1 or are Schumi fans, you have to read this one. I wouldn't have given it five stars since I am a critical person if the book was not that good. Go ahead, read it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Jan 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is excellently presented and written with interesting photos and attachments; however, as always with Michael, we are never quite allowed to learn the true essence of what makes him tick. Perhaps the reason he is so successful is because he gives so little away, and reveals neither his strengths or weaknesses to anybody, probably not even his wife! This book takes you really close to Michael Schumacher, and when you finally think you're beginning to understand him, it pulls you away faster than a bungee jump off the Golden Gate Bridge. At the end of the day, we'll make our own minds up about Jerez; if we like him we'll continue to support him, and if we don't, we'll dish him! The book was excellent; worth a look for the Formula 1 insight whether you like the guy or not! Looking forward to the next one James!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. G. Wynne on 24 Jun 2009
Format: Paperback
A really good read,especially for the dedicated Schumacher fan.
Even if you aren't a fan of his, but you love F1, it's still a must have, it not only covers the 'Driver', but also gives a very good insight into the psyche of the man, his personality etc etc.
Definitely a book that will change most peoples minds, if they are of the opinion that Schuey is arrogant,decietful or whatever.
Personally I am a fan of his, from the first time I saw him in an F1 car, the 7up Jordan 191, qualifying for the Belgian GP.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Arshad Altaf on 21 Nov 2007
Format: Hardcover
An absorbing read with insights on what makes Shumacher great along with the fact that he is also human and to err is human even though he did it more than once. But it is understandable because to get to such level he probably wanted to go to any level to achieve victory and he did so with style and sometimes with mistakes. Majority of his critics are jealous because of his consistent victories even though he deserves genuine appreciation for his achievments. This book solidifies the fact that Shumacher is the greatest F1 drivers of modern times.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By buyer 1 on 29 Oct 2013
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This is a great book, not so much a biography more a psychological dissection of Schumacher, if, like me, you are a follower of Formula One and particularly if you can remember the man and his career this work will offer answers to why he took some of the decisions he did and also help to understand not just him but the Formula One driver (perhaps all who race and compete) in general. It certainly helps to differentiate between the winner and the mere participant.

Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MDD on 24 April 2009
Format: Paperback
This is one of the best F1 books ever written. Even if you are not a Schumacher fan, you've got to get this. It's a thouroughly detailed and insightful account of one of the greatest racing drivers ever. Very little is known about Schumacher's personality as he hid it very well during his time in F1, but F1 journalist James Allen really gets to the core of the man.

Personally, this is the best sports non-fiction book I have read to date. Lets hope James Allen writes more F1 books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Aug 1999
Format: Hardcover
If you are a michael schumacer fan you will have to read this book. James Allen facinating way of describing the jerez incident and 1998 season will keep your interest until the end.It contains a lot of information about michael's life and career from his early stages at kart racing.There are some great pictures in it as well.
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