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In depth portrayal of the life and character of the enigmatic Ayrton Senna,
This review is from: The Life of Senna (Paperback)
Having read every other English language book on Senna published both before and after his death up to 2008, I had owned this one for quite a few years before recently deciding to read it. I didn't expect to learn anything new, but was constantly amazed to discover that there was plenty of content that, while not always 'new', did provide a refreshingly different in-depth understanding of events which I previously thought I knew a lot about.
The passage of time has allowed the author to explore more sensitive areas in a more open way. Furthermore, the author is not shy about expressing his opinions or pushing beyond the limits of insufferable political correctness. To me, this makes this book more 3-dimensional than some other biographies of Senna, which I found sleep-inducing. I didn't agree with all the opinions noted or implied, but unlike other reviewers, I didn't find them either detracting or offensive.
In short, this was one of the only two outstanding books on Senna, in my opinion. The other was Richard Williams' title, The Death Of Ayrton Senna, which beats this one on sheer quality of writing, but not on depth of content.
If I was faced with the choice of giving away all but one of my Senna books, this one would be the one I would keep - no question at all. Why? To me, it succeeded more than any other in giving as close an understanding as one could arguably hope for or expect of the complex character of Ayrton Senna and the effect his presence had on people around him.