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on 22 January 2012
I purchased the book as a bit of light reading, and while the beginning of the book showed promise to being an interesting read, it certainly ended up as a disappointment.
I had two main problems with the book:
Firstly, the writer Charles Jennings pays more attention to some eras then others. The 1990s and 2000s are barely touched upon for example compared to the endless content on the 70s area. Of course we have our favourite era's and some are more interesting than others, but as a chronological introduction to Formula One, it certainly fast forwarded through some stories. It is also evident that Jennings has particular feelings toward certain drivers and teams. Whether or not this is deliberate i am not sure, but Lotus seems to be glorified a lot in the book, while Senna is victimised and even demonised, which paints an inaccurate picture i believe of not only Lotus' downfall and Senna's achievements.
Secondly, there are few too many mistakes in this book. Too often i find myself, no expert mind you, correcting what i've just read. "Alain Prost left Mclaren at the end of 1990"...no he didn't and "Nigel Mansell finally won the World Championship in 1994"...1992, are both examples that spring to mind.
It is because of this i rate the book as poorly as i have.