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Stirling Moss: The Authorised Biography Paperback – 3 Mar 2005

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; New Ed edition (3 Mar. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752865625
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752865621
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 15.4 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 616,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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At the time of his shock retirement after a near-fatal crash in 1962, motor-racing legend Stirling Moss was the most famous British sportsman of his era, and is still rated by some as the most successful driver of all time. Now, nearly 40 years later, motor sport writer Robert Edwards draws on unprecedented access to the man himself, and his private library of images and memorabilia, as they reflect together on an extraordinary life on the edge.

Moss rose to the top in an era when death on the track was a commonplace hazard; when drivers squeezed astonishing speeds out of cars, that in safety and handling terms would compare unfavourably with a modern-day family runabout.

Stirling took the lead on lap 35 and started to watch his tyres very carefully indeed ... on lap 65 the tell-tale breaker strip started to appear as the tread was simply smeared off the tyre. The odds on having a puncture were now very short. The gearbox was holding up (the clutch had failed 40-odd laps ago) ... and Stirling began to drive very carefully, directing the smoothed and fragile tyres across every piece of grass he could find to ease the friction...
What made it possible, far more than in today's digitally engineered and monitored sport, was the character of the man behind the grime-encrusted goggles. In Moss's case, as Edwards reveals, the popular image of the steely-eyed, ramrod-backed Knight of the British Empire is far from the complete story.

An exquisitely designed coffee table book--and it would have to be a pretty robust piece of furniture, because this is a notably hefty tome--Stirling Moss--The Authorised Biography displays production values, and a daring but sympathetic use of abundant visual material, that would not be out of place in a work of art history. And a similarly scholarly philosophy underpins the comprehensive and revealing text--Edwards is clearly a fan, but is happy to let Moss the man, and his achievements, stand in their historical and social context. This book is all the more entertaining and awe-inspiring for that. --AlexHankin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The first authorised biography of Britain¿s most famous sportsman.

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Format: Hardcover
Superb illustrations and well-considered words make this an excellent biography of one of the sport's greatest heroes. Edwards has clearly spent a lot of time getting to know Moss and has produced a superb book that goes well beyond the typical "...and then we went to Monza" biographical cliches - the book shows a clear understanding of Moss's character, background and ambitions.
It's also one of the most handsome racing books I've seen for a long time - up with Eric Dymock's "The Jim Clark Book" as a triumph of tasteful design work.
Excellent, thought-provoking, and definitely a book you'll come back to both to read and to look at.
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Format: Hardcover
This may be the best book yet on Moss, but still it falls far short of the definitive biography that I was hoping for. This is probably due to the fact that Mr. Moss is still alive(thankfully!)and really good biographies never seem to be written while the subject is still around.
Nevertheless, I must say that this book is lite reading, far too much emphasis on design and photos--the best of which we've seen many many times. More indepth exploration of the man would have been appreciated. There are some interesting revelations, but not enough to make up for what is really another rehashing of the well known legend of Stirling.
What type of book did I have in mind? Something truly definitive like Gerald Donaldson's James Hunt.
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Brilliant. Over the years I have seen this book laying on Library bookshelves, but never delved. However last year I visited the Goodwood Festival of Speed, which featured Mercedes cars both past and present, and Stirling driving one of them. That was enough to prompt me to buy this beautiful volume.
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By Alan. J. Reynolds TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 April 2012
Format: Paperback
I have this book in its large coffee table format which was heavily promoted when first published . To use something of a cliche 'half an hour after I'd read it , I felt like I needed another one'. I really didn't find it satisfying . I've now tried four or five times to read it again to see if I have missed the point , but I just don't engage with it . The photographs are good , particuarly those obviously taken from Stirlings private collection . However , the photos don't make up for the lacklustre writing . I was disappointed , it really does suffer from style over substance . Stirling was my childhood hero - this book does not do justice to a living legend .
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Format: Paperback
The big coffee table hardback version is worth having for the scales of the photos, but this paperback edition has to rely on the narrative, and I've found that somewhat misses what it promises. I didn't really find that it gave me any more of an insight into its subject that I've got from the countless other books which have preceeded it. I've kept the hardback, but the paperback has been sold on.
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If you are looking for a blow by blow account of Stirling's race career this is not the book for you. The races are only mentioned as and when they support the development of this excellent exposition of a racing drivers' personality. It gives a great insight into the best racing driver, with the possible exception of Lewis Hamilton, that this country has ever produced; an engaging and entertaining read.
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Format: Paperback
To be honest, I'm finding Edwards' style rather annoying at times - constantly using French phrases in italics, which are really not commonly used in English. Pretentious, moi?
All the facts are here, and the book contains some interesting stuff, because I really know nothing about Moss. However, the author certainly does not have the writing prowess to bring alive a motor race, like Donaldson does, for example. Along with this book, I also bought Donaldson's Fangio, so I'm looking forward to that!
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Format: Hardcover
This large format book is packed with rare pictures and cutting's from Stirling's own private archive, illustrating all elements of his racing career (and beyond).
An especially interesting part is the story of the letter sent to Mr Moss Snr giving an eye-witness account of Stirling's career-ending crash at Goodwood.
Well worth the money
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