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The Power Game: The History of Formula 1 and the World Championship [Hardcover]

Ivan Rendall
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9 Mar 2000
Seeking to explain the history of Formula One this book explores its future as motor racing prepares for its second century.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: W&N; 1st edition (9 Mar 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030435399X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0304353996
  • Product Dimensions: 25.1 x 20.3 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,381,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Formula One seems straight-forward--take a number of teams, allow them two cars each to race at various challenging circuits around the world, then sit back to see who is the fastest to the chequered flag. If you think it's that simple, read on. Ivan Rendall's superb book The Power Game blows away that notion, taking you on a journey of so many twists and turns, and highs and lows, you begin to appreciate the dedication and drive which has gone into moulding the cast over the years. Formula One is now big business with massive budgets, which is arguably down to one man--Bernie Ecclestone. Ecclestone turned his hand from running a team to seizing the leading role within the inner sanctums of the sport and steering it the way he wanted. The entrepreneur Ecclestone could probably never have imagined how rich and powerful it would make him, but while he still has a few miles on the clock, he could soon be looking to take a back seat and just who is going to take over at the wheel? Rendall's ability to paint the full picture of the first 50 years is only half the story, for like a pit-lane mechanic he doesn't mind getting his hands dirty to find the answers to so many pit-lane tales. Wonderful black-and-white and colour photographs from each decade bring alive the action and the book is a fascinating and addictive read for the casual or die-hard fan. A lot of miles have been covered to get the World Championship this far, but what is around the corner remains to be seen. The Power Game tries to map out the road ahead but, just like in the world of Formula One, only the chequered flag is black and white.--Andrea Bullock

About the Author

Ivan Rendall served in the RAF and was the producer and writer of the major BBC series, Reaching for the Skies. He is the managing director of Zenith TV and the author of six previous non-fiction titles.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the worst F1 history...ever! 12 Aug 2003
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
What can I say about this book? Perhaps the author had a spare couple of minutes and decided to run off a history of F1. It's difficult to see who this book will appeal to: Casual observers of the sport are unlikely to shell out twenty pounds or thereabouts, and the more committed fan will simply be appalled by the endless inaccuracies and unforgiveable spelling and factual errors.
It's probably the errors which rankle the most. Rendall continually refers to triple world-champion team Tyrrell as Tyrell. Carlos Reutemann, a World title runner-up, is referred to as Reuterman. Fangio's legendary 1957 Nurburgring performance is recounted well, but latterly referred to as having happened in 1958. Double World Champion Jim Clark was apparently born in Dundee, Fife, Scotland. For a start Dundee isn't even in Fife, and anyway Clark was born 100 miles away in Duns, a small Scottish Borders town. We are told that a picture of James Hunt in a Hesketh is actually Ronnie Peterson in a Tyrrell. There are many, many more. Throughout, he refers to the British garagiste teams of the post-front engined era as KitCar teams. In more than twenty years of follwing F1 and reading books and magazines on the subject, I have never heard this phrase used, yet Rendall seems to feel that everyone in the sport uses the term.
His writing style is to simply skim the surface. Whole seasons of fifteen or so races are recounted in a couple of paragraphs. Drivers he has never mentioned in the context of the season concerned win Championships. This is not a low budget tome. It is expensively and glossily produced, and it's price tag reflects this. It is however, truly awful. Badly written, badly edited and the fact checkers were obviously on strike. Avoid like the plague.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Power Game-The History of Formula One 27 Aug 2011
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A+++++ Transaction-Arrived promptly !!! Thoroughly Recommended for other purchasers. Will shop with them again in the future. Shopping with Amazon is always a positive experience.Share your opinion
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Detroit Cars 23 Nov 2007
By Jon Banks - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a great informative book. It is thick and heavy but that is because it is packed with so much information. The book is clearly written with technical info that is easy to understand even if you are not a "gear head". The book is composed according to where cars were during certain years. The first chapter starts with the birth of an industry which talks of mass production and the impact on the American public. Then each decade is explored with the new features of each auto during the related years therein. Social changes are also included so you aren't just reading about cars in a vacuum. This is a great reference book for any auto enthusiast
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Detroit Cars: 50 Years Of the Motor City 14 Nov 2009
By Jose Lopez - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Detroit Cars:50 Years Of the Motor City:

Great Big Softcover(almost like a Hardcover) lots of pages of Great Photos,Color photos,A Brief Introduction,This book is more of a pictorial, I don't really care for the cover(it's a Ford Thunderbird) but the back has a Cadillac(Yes!) and A Plymouth Prowler(ugh) Don't expect to be reading History much, As mentioned it is basically a Picture book but nonetheless worth adding to any Car Book Library.
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4.0 out of 5 stars interesting 26 July 2011
By Robert Baines - Published on Amazon.com
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Great pictures of course due to Nicky Wright and there are some mistakes in captions that should have been caught. All in all a good addition to my library
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great picture book, but technically riddled with errors... 11 Nov 2010
By Henry Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I must agree with Kara on this one. Right on, it is a great picture book for the true American car lover. However, it has more errors than I have ever seen in a book. Photos are mismatched with text, some text repeated under different photos, many model years incorrect, some paragraphs repeated twice, etc. When I read that the author is an auto industry journalist, I wonder who the editor was who worked for him!

The book was a good buy at $3 from a second hand store. It is hours of casual viewing entertainment. If you want the true information on some cars, the best way is to collect old sales literature.
3.0 out of 5 stars ERRORS, ERRORS, ERRORS 2 Jun 2014
By jamespdx - Published on Amazon.com
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I agree with others - this book is ASTONISHINGLY FULL OF ERRORS! It matches the wrong years to the wrong models. Interior photos don't match the models ON THE SAME PAGE! I gave it three stars because I didn't "hate it", nor did I "dislike it", it's fun to look at the photos and when the text does match the autos on the same page that's cool too. However, with SO MANY errors it is hard to take anything the author writes very seriously. Given the simplistic style that the author employs, it's hard to imagine he was a journalist of any kind!
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