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Portrait of the master
on 25 September 2013
I was watching the race on TV when Ayrton Senna had his fatal crash and remember it clearly. This book isn't the story of the crash and the death of surely the greatest racing driver of all time, but is a portrait of his life in motor racing, focusing on his final few seasons. It's a short book, not overly technical in its detail, and is accessible to those with only a passing interest in the sport. It's also genuinely exciting in places, the pages flying by.
It's not an entirely flattering portrayal of the man, and doesn't skip his shortcomings on and off the track, or those of some of the other drivers at the time. Senna's accident is described, as is the investigation into the cause of the crash, but as I said at the start, the book is misleadingly titled - it is more a portrait of the man rather than his demise.
A fascinating read, and a great tribute to the great man.