on 15 January 2014
Ayrton Senna: The Hard Edge of Genius was written by Christopher Hilton shortly after the start of the 1990 World Championship so it mainly covers the first 6 years of Senna's Formula One (up until the end of 1989 World Championship year) career as well as rallying experiences and lower Formula 3 and Karting days.
Just like Christopher Hilton's other book released more recently called "Memories of Senna- Anecdotes and Insights from Those Who Knew Him, " which is still my favourite book about Senna, I have to say this book is on the same level and is terrific, particularly the insight from John Watson on page 119 about how Senna would drive the car almost "like it had four legs"- breaking and accellarating simultaneusly.
If you are a Formula One fan, this is essential, I am a massive Senna fan and it is definately essential if you are a fan of Senna himself as it explains Senna's good and bad side in a fair, unbiased way willing to give a "warts and all" perspective by never descend into outright siding with either Senna, Prost or Mansell after an accident Mansell caused in 1989 when he was disqualified and overtook Senna and hit him when being black-flagged.
Terrific book, excellent detail level all the way up to the end of 1989. All I can say is that this is superb!
on 10 August 2004
The title sums up the man superbly.
This is more than just an account of the great man and his career, you sit through the highs and lows, occasionally shaking your head and sometimes chuckling to yourself.
Mr Hilton has set out to paint as vivid and truthful portrait as possible, it doesn't simply gloss over the moments of madness but offers an insight into why and how Senna reacts the way he did, sometimes the reading is a bit uncomfortable but i guess that Senna was just living and reacting in another dimension to us mortals!
That's what makes this book so good, it's a 'warts and all' acount which seems to bring you closer. I'd highly recommend this to any formula 1 fan or anyone interested in sport. The sheer will to win and steely resolve of Senna will amaze you.