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Bluebird and the Dead Lake: How Donald Campbell Broke the World Land Speed Record Paperback – 1 May 2002
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An astonishing narrative... at once dreamlike and as compelling as the description of a terrible accident... a beautiful melancholy. -- Andrew Martin, Daily Express, 25 May 2002
An honest and revealing account of poignant drama. -- Sunday Times
Mr Pearson's impressions of the hot, dead world of blinding light in which ambitions, jealousy and suspicion flare up... are vividly conveyed. -- Times Literary Supplement
Pearson's account of 1964's strange days in the Australian desert shimmers with heat haze and human drama. -- Guardian, 9 June 2002
The whole set-up is too fantastic to be created by a novelist, and the result is close reporting at its best. -- Daily Telegraph
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JOHN PEARSON is a renowned author and journalist who books include The Profession of Violence, his famous biography of the Kray twins which won the Edgar Allan Poe Special Award, The Life of Ian Fleming, The Life of James Bond, The Sitwells and Painfully Rich: The Outrageous Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Heirs of J. Paul Getty and The Cult of Violence. RICHARD WILLIAMS is the chief sports writer of the Guardian. His books include The Death of Ayton Senna, Racers, Long Distance Call: Writings on Music, and Enzo Ferrari: A Life. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Paperback.
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It is easy to re-arrange historical perspective when the subject is dead,but this account differs by having been written at the time by a close witness of events.It surprised me in it's unsympathetic view of the man,his motives and manner .
What was presented at the time as an heroic battle aided by British technological ingenuity (readily accepted by me as a 10-year old boy)is portrayed here as a vainglorious and self-indulgent foray controlled by the whims of a rather unpleasant man.
What this also reveals is that he was surrounded by people who resented him,perhaps partly because they had unpleasant characters too.
In the hype of the period,when essentially futile enterprises like this were the fodder of
"Eagle" annuals and the like,it came as a shock to read such a cynical and critical view of the project.
This appears to give the book it's greatest merit,as it confers a presumed honesty on it,which the more usual hagiography would not.
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