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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; New Ed edition (7 Jun. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751538175
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751538175
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 333,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Charley Boorman is the author of RACE TO DAKAR and co-author of LONG WAY DOWN and LONG WAY ROUND. All are bestsellers. He lives in London with his wife and two daughters.

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Boorman is well on his way to becoming the Michael Palin of motorbikes (TIMES2)

The history of the rally and Boorman's own personal experience of this great endurance test makes for an exhilarating read (WATERSTONE'S BOOKS QUARTERLY)

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* Charley Boorman takes part in the Dakar rally - the most dangerous and exciting race in the world

* An amazing biking adventure from the author of the bestselling LONG WAY ROUND


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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Kilburn on 14 Oct. 2006
Format: Hardcover
Finally,a book on the privateers of the Dakar rally. Although this book is about Charleys' adventure he brings in the stories of other lone riders;their stories and tradgedies. This is no macho event. The women have a high finish rate and come from all walks of life. As he asks other riders throughout the rally what motivates them, there are a variety of reasons but perhaps the most apt, is that in an increasingly sanitised world it is one of the last tests of mind over matter on the planet.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Watson on 30 April 2007
Format: Hardcover
If there were ever a book that would let you delude yourself into thinking you could take on "The Dakar", this is it.

A great read from start to finish. You don't need to be a biker to appreciate the magnitude of the effort, as the book details more "behind the scenes" dramas than any sanctioned video ever would.

After reading this, you'll understand the quote at the end which goes (and I might be para-phrasing) "if you're thinking about doing the Dakar, you never will. For the people who enter the race, there never is any question."

Quite.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ms. R. L. Britten on 4 Oct. 2006
Format: Paperback
If you were a fan of the long way around, you will love this book. Having no past knowledge of the Dakar rally, i was enchanted by the story and gripped as the events unfolded. Race to Dakar is a must read for anyone interested in adventure, motorbikes and determination.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J.D. on 3 May 2008
Format: Paperback
I don't know anything about motercycles, and could not put this book down! Even though I havn't seen the show I really felt like I was there for the whole journey. Charley does an excellent job of recording his reactions, even when they are all over the place. I really apreciate the honesty he put into the book. The inclusion of so many other Dakar stories really rounds it out, creating a true picture of the race, not just a celebrity's attempt, and would be an exciting, inspiring read no matter who wrote it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Woodspoon on 21 May 2007
Format: Hardcover
It's mindbending, bicep busting, heart pounding, brain breakingly good!

The way Charlie has written the book takes you through every emotion he and the crew experience as if you were there yourself, the high's, the low's, the determination, the exhaustion, everythings there.

It's an amazing book written by incredible people about an awe inspiring event.

Read this book because, it is that good!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Travis Culverwell on 18 Jan. 2008
Format: Hardcover
I have read almost all other books relating to the Rally, yet I found this one great insight into what modifications are made to the vehicles and what kit is used in the great race across the desert. The first few chapters are jam packed and mechanics dream of info relating to the vehicles. the rest of the book is also great, as it's simple to read and gives a nice step by step account of the teams progress along with a few humorous stories they heard along the way. I couldnt put the book down and wished it had been a bigger book!
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 1 Sept. 2006
Format: Hardcover
I got this book at the Edinburgh Book Festival after a talk by Charley on the Dakar rally (hence in advance of th eofficial release). It's a wonderful story of his follow up to a Long Way Round, where he entered the 2006 Dakar Rally. It details his trials & tribulation and the pain & emotional rollercoaster that took place. If you like bikes, you'll love this.
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By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Oct. 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
`Race to Dakar' is Charley Boorman's account of his adventures during the 2006 rally. This covers his preparations, anxieties about the race, his time during the race and the logistics of the whole event. This looks at the rally from the point of view of a privateer, rather than a factory, sponsored team, and it gives us insight into the stress and pressure of running a small team. This seemed better written than his other books and I saw inside the cover this was written in collaboration with a professional writer and I have to say it is much better for it. Don't get me wrong, Charley's other books are very good, but you are drawn into the excitement and stress from page one and I felt emotional and choked up as I read the last few pages. This has two colour plate sections with photos from the race which give some idea of what Charley experienced and after reading this I am going to buy the DVD to see it in greater detail. I am left wondering about the ethics of such a large ostentatious race held on a relatively poor continent, but if you put this to the back of your mind this book provides one view of the rally that could quite easily get you hooked!

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