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A good read, but hasn't it all been said before?,
This review is from: Shunt: The Story of James Hunt (Hardcover)
James Hunt's rise and fall is probably one of the most contrasting changes in fortune (quite literally) within the history of Motorsport. Tom Rubython's book captures this in intricate detail but fails to be as entertaining as it should have been. Much of this is due to the lack of new material from previous efforts, notably "Hunt" by Gerald Donaldson. It lacks new contributions, which is entirely legitimate as Hunt has sadly been dead nearly 20 years.
The only new material to my knowledge is the anicdote from Noel Edmonds when they entered a celebrity rally, and a translation of a dutch magazine article from a reporter who was instructed to bed him to rate his performance for a feature article. Rubython explains that he has no idea why this article has not been translated into English previously, well the main reason would be is that it would be pointless to do so, because it was simply vacuous titilation that reveals nothing about Hunt.
Other attempts to freshen up the story include playing up his friendship with Richard Burton and tacking on the story of Burton's own demise which went on for far too long, as did the detail of Nikki Lauda's accident that gets a whole chapter. Such details are interesting to the uninformed but to others like myself it is well worn ground that detracts from Hunt's personal story rather than enhancing it.
Overlooking that, it is very well researched and if you have never read a book on the inimitable James Hunt then this is the one to own. It is just a shame that for fans it fails to offer the fresh perspective that many were looking for.