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Fantastic film especially if you remember the man himself !
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Strange Biography of a Strange Man
James Hunt has already been the subject of a well researched and well written biography by Gerald Donaldson. So why the need for another book about an excellent but far from brilliant motor racing driver, who won his only world championship in 1976 by a single point?

I suppose Tom Rubython's answer would be because there are still stories about this very...
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Strange Biography of a Strange Man, 4 Oct 2012
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James Hunt has already been the subject of a well researched and well written biography by Gerald Donaldson. So why the need for another book about an excellent but far from brilliant motor racing driver, who won his only world championship in 1976 by a single point?

I suppose Tom Rubython's answer would be because there are still stories about this very complex and eccentric man still to be told. And he's right, up to a point. As a dedicated James Hunt fan, who even bought Hunt's rushed and ghosted autobiography "Against All Odds" in 1977, I can tell you that there are many stories and comments among the 700+ pages written here that you're unlikely to have heard.

Unfortunately, just because you haven't heard a story, doesn't mean it's necessarily worth telling. In fact, it may be boring, vulgar or simply pointless. Which is my main problem with this book; James Hunt was first and foremost a motor racing driver, not a world class statesman such as Churchill, or a historical figure such as Karl Marx. He's just not interesting or important enough to justify a biography like this, that goes into so much detail, and seems to randomly lose focus every couple of chapters. As several other people have pointed out here, this is a classic case of publishing a book before it's been properly edited - it's full of needless repetition, lose sentences and meandering story-lines. Perhaps the worst example is more or less an entire chapter about... Richard Burton!

Of course the book is not all bad - James Hunt was a true eccentric and fascinating mixture of the obnoxious and charming, shrewdness and stupidity, competence and incompetence. Given all those contradictions, it's hard not to read some interesting and shocking stuff about him here. But I think I'd have preferred a little more about the racing and the technology of the time, and a little less about Hunt's chaotic personal life and determination to have sex with anything wearing a skirt.

Would I recommend it? I'm afraid it's for hard-core Hunt fans only, if you're new to the man (and I often forget poor James has been dead a long time now) then Gerald Donaldson's excellent biography is the place to start.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Shoddy, 3 Mar 2013
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eBook very poorly translated from what I believe was a superlative hardback: difficult to see how, really, as it would have originated in digital format I guess. Examples - @ 52% "it's easy to say that his leg should we been amputated", @ 57% [Loc 11329] ".. in pain he could hardly bare". Loads more. Totally spoiled my enjoyment of what was originally a great book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 8 July 2014
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Fantastic film especially if you remember the man himself !
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5.0 out of 5 stars A lesson in how to make the most of your life, 28 Jun 2013
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You could enjoy this book whether or not you like James Hunt or motor racing. As it happens I like both.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, 2 Jan 2013
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Great read, an in depth story about James Hunt racing driver. The book describes a great deal of James Hunts live.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Incredible detail, 27 Oct 2012
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Amazing book. the detail is immense, but Rubython still manages to make the book incredibly readable. Hunt is captured warts and all, and there are many anecdotes and stories that I had not heard before.
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