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Le Mans '55. The crash that changed the face of motor racing. Paperback – 4 Jan 2012

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Product details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: DB Publishing; First Paperback Edition edition (4 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780911009
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780911007
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 1.5 x 23.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 461,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'Some dates have a temporal importance in human affairs, some linger for a while and time itself supercedes them with other events, some are forever. Le Mans, as the clocks ticked to 6.27pmm on the evening of 11 June 1955, was forever.'" --Blurb

About the Author

Christopher Hilton is a leading authority and writer on contemporary and historic motorsport and has written more than 30 books on it. He also writes on cricket, one of his other great passions. He has specialized in biographies of modern Formula 1 drivers like Michael Schumacher and the late Ayrton Senna, but also produced a ground-breaking study of the Donington Grands Prix of 1937 and 1938

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I read Duncan Hamiltons biography and loved it. This came up while searching for similar books and I'm glad it did. I've been to LeMans 24 a couple of times and really enjoyed it. This book put racing into a real perspective from what it was to what we see today. A well written and thoughtful book, a little hard to follow the 'chain' at times but you will be glad you read it. I am, I'm not really into cars, I'm in to bike racing but any Motorsport enthusiast should read this book.
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If you are interested in this unfortunate incident -what really happened - then this seems to be the book for you. The amount of detailed investigation included is mind boggling. From both the perspective of understanding the background to the incident, to the mechanics of how it happened and it's aftermath - both short and long term - I found Chris Hilton's book very interesting.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9cbbb99c) out of 5 stars 3 reviews
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HASH(0x9c4b075c) out of 5 stars Recommended! 5 Sept. 2014
By Unique - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I do not agree with the review that states this author attempts to protect Hawthorn, not at all. Hard to believe were talking about the same book. At the end of the day there is plenty of blame to go around but Hawthorn takes the brunt of it, here in this book and in reality.
Nicely laid out and I like the approach the author takes here.
Is this 100% inclusive regarding the subject matter, no but that would be very difficult to do.
This gives a well rounded account of this tragic event. I would recommend it to the casual or dedicated motorsport fan.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c4d0018) out of 5 stars Very interesting - now looking for more details 21 July 2013
By Dr. Erik Hoel - Published on Amazon.com
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I found this to be a very enjoyable, well researched book on a topic that I knew little if anything about.

The author presented many interesting details - particularly the mood and pace of the early 2.5 hours prior to the accident, as well as a detailed accounting of the accident timeline.

- the book needs more graphics to support the timeline-style analysis
- the author obtained a lot of information from Daimler; it would have been useful to obtain similar from Jaguar.

- more pictures are always a plus
- the writing style was odd in places; lots of equivocation. The author needs to more clearly state what he believes occurred, etc.

At the conclusion of the book, I was left wanting to learn much more about the participants (particularly Fangio and Hawthorne) and the era (Le Mans in the 50s). As such, I have ordered a couple more books on these topics, including the picture books detailing the era.

Perfect book - no.
Enjoyable book - very (it was a perfect read while sitting on the beach).
HASH(0x9c77678c) out of 5 stars Four Stars 22 Jun. 2016
By D. Torrens - Published on Amazon.com
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An excellent exposition of the worst moment in motor sports history. Recommended.
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