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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 18 August 2008
It Is What It Is: The Autobiography
My normal read is romantic fiction but, being a David Coulthard fan, I thought it was probably about time I knew a little more about him. I fully expected to maybe read the first chapter of his autobiography then lose interest. However, what a wonderful book and insight into the man. It kept me enthralled throughout. Well written, it showed us the person himself - what an autobiography should be - and not much of the technical side of F1 or cars. Perhaps other people writing autobiographies should take a leaf or two out of this book to make them more interesting.
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on 8 July 2015
I enjoyed this but did not expect David to swear so much.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
After reading this book you know him and mostly you feel that he would be a mate if you met him. He knows his own character, defects and all, and that makes for a good, honest book. He tells it like it is. The book is worth buying for fans of Formula 1 or sport in general. Alone the foreword by Ron Dennis is worth the money.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 3 July 2008
This has to be one of the best autobiography's I have read. I am a huge formula one fan and it gives you an insight into how hard these drivers really push to get where they are now.
he may not be one of the front runners in formula one but any formula one fan should give this one a read.

5 stars - brilliant
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8 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 30 October 2007
I used to work in F1 and have been an avid fan of the sport for over thirty years so maybe I expected too much from DC's book, but it really offered very little insight over and above what most followers of the sport might already know. His honesty about his own "insecurities" was interesting, as was the insight into his plane crash and Ron Dennis's favouritism of Mika Hakkinen. In my view the book certainly demonstrates DC's good personality, ethics and commendable values on family and life. But there was so much more he could have divulged, i.e.what really went on behind the scenes at McLaren, in GPDA meetings, what was said in the "clear the air" meeting with Schumacher at Monza after their collision at Spa when DC was accused of trying to kill Michael, etc, etc. I cannot help feeling that there is so much more he could have told, I think people really want to get "inside" the teams and personalities. Maybe as David is still a driver he does not wish to spill too many beans and if so that is a shame.
But there are many interesting insights and for DC fans a real insight into the thoughts and personality behind the man - but I found myself rushing a little to get to the end.
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on 10 February 2015
A very good Christmas present.
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on 18 February 2015
Not very inspiring at all
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 20 November 2011
Having been a fan of motor racing in general most of my life, and particularly interested in the careers of Scottish & UK drivers/riders, I was looking forward to finally reading DC's bio. And really, I wish I hadn't now. Dull and boring, written with the skill and flair of a dictionary compiler. Without the clever bits. Even the pictures are uninspiring; I'm sure the LAT archives could do better than that.

If you want a good motorporsts bio read Perry McCarthy or Vic Elford.

Edit: That the book is rubbish (IMO) doesn't stop me from liking DC as a driver, a commentator, or a person.
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on 19 December 2014
yes, first class
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on 17 September 2014
100% spot on
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