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Racers Paperback – 26 Feb 1998

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (26 Feb. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140261737
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140261738
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,970,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on 17 Nov. 1999
Format: Paperback
This is billed as being about Hill, Villeneuve and Schumacher but what you really get is 70% Hill, 20% the author's meandering on F1 history and 10% the other two drivers. Probably because Hill is infinitely more articulate than the other two and he was stuck for something to write. Slightly jarring is the way he throws in the odd anti-Hill pieces almost as if he is too anxious for you not to think he might like Hill too much and he's scraping around for something negative to give things a perceived balance. But the really, and I do mean really, grating thing is the author's clear obsession about Hill's father and his theory that Hill must have this problem of living up to him. One can only marvel at Hill's patience in the face of such constant obsessive pseudo psychology rubbish from F1 journalists. I note the author left out Hill's little jibe at the time to these journalists that his father died over 20 years ago and that it was probably about time they got over it. Leave out those bits and its not a bad book. But you can't help thinking that if you wanted to read a book about Hill in 96 you'd be better off reading Hill's own (which is excellent BTW) or Villeneuve's (which is quite bad).
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Format: Hardcover
Richard Williams seemed to have a big problem with Damon Hill when he wrote this book, so what you get is a seemingly endless slag-off of Damon which gets extremly tiresome and detracts from the overall quality of the book. Some sections, such as the one on Fangio, are beautifully written but overall, this is far from a balanced work and disappointingly flawed in my view. Schumacher fans will doubtless love it, however, as Williams clearly lets you know where his loyality lies. Damon of course had the last laugh, as he won the 1996 World Championship, much to the chagrin and surprise of many in the paddock, including Mr. Williams, no doubt, whose previously lauded book - 'The Death of Ayrton Senna" - is so absurdly pro Senna and anti Prost as to be laughable. Too bad, Richard Williams is clearly a very talented journalist but I for one will not be buying any more of his books. Actually, I found Racers in a remainders section of a local bookshop. The original buyer of the book clearly didn't think too much of it, either. I know it was all about 1996 so a long time ago but my advice - Avoid.
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Format: Paperback
Richard Williams has managed to write a book about F1 which both enlightens and entertains the reader. He clearly has a passion for the sport, and the book reminds us, in case we have forgotten, what it is about F1 that makes millions follw it religiously year after year. The author is as objective about the personalities involved as I suppose one can be, even managing to create some sympathy for Damon Hill (a much harder task than most people realise). It is worth reading if only because Williams manages to get beneath the two-dimensional media constructs of Schumacher, Hill et al. we have been forced to put up with. Because parts of it were originally published as articles in various publications, it doesn't follow the sterile race-by-race formula of so many attempts at capturing the essence of a formula 1 season, and it also rewards repeated readings of selected chapters. The one dealing with Fangio and Moss springs to mind. If you're new to the great sport, buy it.. If you're a long time afficionado, buy it.In fact, the journalism is of such high quality that even the most casual observer of the F1 roadshow should be able to enjoy it. Great book. Can't wait to read his book on Senna.
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