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Alex Zanardi: My Story Hardcover – 28 Sep 2004

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 376 pages
  • Publisher: J H Haynes & Co Ltd; 1st edition (28 Sept. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184425108X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844251087
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.2 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 307,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'the best driver autobiography I have ever read, a fascinating, intensely poignant yet frequently hilarious story' The Independent 'utterly absorbing and extremely moving' Motor Sport

About the Author

Zanardi, a plumber's son, always had to fight to compete, from welding an early kart using a blowtorch and fence wire, to the post-crash rehab, which he viewed as a race. Gasparini is a journalist on Gazzetta dello Sport, Italy's daily sports newspaper. They tell this story with warmth, wit and candour.


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Zanadri is an inspiration. I had the privilege of being present at one of Zanardi's greatest races (Vancouver 1997). Even before his life took the terrible turn that it did in September 2001 he was a hero to me.
That said, I have read books on other people I admire and have regretted buying them. This is certainly not one of them. Zanardi doesn't pull any punches on his humble beginnings, successes (and the unexpected negative reactions that this brings from others), his failures (and how when things are going wrong no-one looks you in the eye) and his personal brushes with tragedy. He, however, comes out the end of this as an exceptionally well adjusted and inspirational person.
More than anything this book shows the power of the human spirit. His story transcends the small world of motorsports and tells us something really important about making the best of the hand you have been dealt. Buy it for someone who just might need to be reminded of this important lesson.
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Alessandro Zanardi writes about his life as if he was your mate next door. None of the Eddie Irvine stuff, just a normal guy who despite a number of tragedies remained, just Alex!
The book is funny, deeply emotional and full of a zest for life. Surrounded by a loving family from boyhood till today, this man is just incredible! After the pass at the corkscrew he became one of my racing heroes. Now he also is one of the racers I admire most, what a guy!! This book is a must not just for racing fans, but for people whom have to survive life's cruelties. Just brilliant! Alex, you are my Hero!!
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I bought this book for my husband as he is not a reader, but I am. I have been trying to find books that will be of interest to him and as he is an avid F1 fan, I felt this book was a good start. Well, it must be very good as my husband was laughing out loud and he couldn't put it down, he even commented that he was sad when it finished.

I asked him what he liked about the book before I wrote this review and he said that Alex was a very interesting, determind and couragous man. The book was well written and he was sad when it ended. He felt that if he ever met Alex, he was sure to like him. There is no better praise than that this for his biography as my husband is a man of few words.

Highly recommended read.
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I could not put this book down. I have followed Alex Zanardi in both F1 and Indy car and this has strenghtened my respect for this man. Achieving what he has after the accident is an insipration for both people with and without injuries. A must read book not just for racing fans.
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This book is informative,enlightening and moving from his boyhood to his struggle to race again after losing his legs you feel for the man and get a good in site into his feelings.
A good read for racing fans and anyone who has an interest in a great human being.
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He literally takes you through his entire life one step at a time. Gives you insights about every single race or championship he did. Also about his personal life. Doesn't hesitate in writing controversial stuff about Formula One. I'll rank this biography among the best I've read so far. If only he could write better and describe how each car felt while driving it.
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This book seems a bit truncated but the message is there: don't give up
Zanardi is a true fighter and it inspires you to be the best you can, plus you have all this wonderful stories about how the italian families can be a worm environment for one growing up like he did
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