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U2's Achtung Baby (33 1/3)
U2's Achtung Baby (33 1/3)
by Stephen Catanzarite
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Most pretentious book I've ever read, 25 Jan. 2010
This is by far the most pretentious book I've ever read. A crash course in filosophy, theology, psychology, sociology, quotology, name-droppingology, "why use a simple word if there is one no-one understands"ology. And all that to prove "Achtung Baby" gives the answers to all major questions in life including the Beginning of Life in the Garden of Eden. Lowpoint is the "proof" that the album at one point was meant to be titled "Adam" and Bono's wive gave birth to a baby girl named "Eve".

Best to be avoided.

The Life of Senna: The Biography of Ayrton Senna
The Life of Senna: The Biography of Ayrton Senna
by Tom Rubython
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Tom Rubython is NOT the author (alone), 8 Jan. 2006
Lithuania is right observing that the chapters seem to be written by different people. That is true in fact.
Tom Rubython was the publisher of the official F1 Magazine which existed from 2001 until 2003. During 2001 and 2002 each month articles were published on Ayrton Senna, written by various journalists. This book contains all these articles (but not the great pictures accompanying them in the magazine) but there is no mention of the people written them. Rubython takes credit for it, which is typical for the man.
In his short spell as publisher in F1 (he was coming from business magazines) Rubython was able to piss off a lot of people in F1 for revealing a lot of "behind-the-scenes" secrets. McLaren boss Ron Dennis shouted to him in Monaco 2001, after the magazine wrote an article on Newey-gate, "that he would hate him for the rest of his live" as Rubython revealed in his own column.
As the publishing date of this book has been delayed for years I gather someone like Dennis has delayed its approval for some time. Has it been worth the wait ? Not if you have all the issues of F1 Magazine...

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