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Race To Dakar Hardcover – 21 Sep 2006

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (21 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316731927
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316731928
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 340,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Boorman is well on his way to becoming the Michael Palin of motorbikes (TIMES2)

The history of the rally and Boorman's own personal experience of this great endurance test makes for an exhilarating read (WATERSTONE'S BOOKS QUARTERLY)

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* Charley Boorman takes part in the Dakar rally - the most dangerous and exciting race in the world
* An amazing biking adventure from the author of the bestselling LONG WAY ROUND

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Format: Hardcover
Finally,a book on the privateers of the Dakar rally. Although this book is about Charleys' adventure he brings in the stories of other lone riders;their stories and tradgedies. This is no macho event. The women have a high finish rate and come from all walks of life. As he asks other riders throughout the rally what motivates them, there are a variety of reasons but perhaps the most apt, is that in an increasingly sanitised world it is one of the last tests of mind over matter on the planet.
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I got this book at the Edinburgh Book Festival after a talk by Charley on the Dakar rally (hence in advance of th eofficial release). It's a wonderful story of his follow up to a Long Way Round, where he entered the 2006 Dakar Rally. It details his trials & tribulation and the pain & emotional rollercoaster that took place. If you like bikes, you'll love this.
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Format: Paperback
If you were a fan of the long way around, you will love this book. Having no past knowledge of the Dakar rally, i was enchanted by the story and gripped as the events unfolded. Race to Dakar is a must read for anyone interested in adventure, motorbikes and determination.
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If there were ever a book that would let you delude yourself into thinking you could take on "The Dakar", this is it.

A great read from start to finish. You don't need to be a biker to appreciate the magnitude of the effort, as the book details more "behind the scenes" dramas than any sanctioned video ever would.

After reading this, you'll understand the quote at the end which goes (and I might be para-phrasing) "if you're thinking about doing the Dakar, you never will. For the people who enter the race, there never is any question."

Quite.
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Fantastic book, enjoyed it so much I read it in 2 days. Authur is fantastc writer and all very accurate accounts. i have learned so much from this poignant book I now want to buy them all and try and read in the write order which is a tip I would pass on.
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Liked it a lot but my partner couldn't get into it, finding it a bit tedious, we usually enjoy the same sort of books, however, I think if you have a bit of a sense of adventure and fun it is an enjoyable read especially if you follow the Dakar. You might just be tempted to try it yourself!
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Format: Paperback
I don't know anything about motercycles, and could not put this book down! Even though I havn't seen the show I really felt like I was there for the whole journey. Charley does an excellent job of recording his reactions, even when they are all over the place. I really apreciate the honesty he put into the book. The inclusion of so many other Dakar stories really rounds it out, creating a true picture of the race, not just a celebrity's attempt, and would be an exciting, inspiring read no matter who wrote it.
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Format: Hardcover
It's mindbending, bicep busting, heart pounding, brain breakingly good!

The way Charlie has written the book takes you through every emotion he and the crew experience as if you were there yourself, the high's, the low's, the determination, the exhaustion, everythings there.

It's an amazing book written by incredible people about an awe inspiring event.

Read this book because, it is that good!
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