Stirling Moss: The Authorised Biography Paperback – 14 Aug 2014
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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.
The first authorised biography of one of Britain's best-loved sportsmen. A special illustrated edition reissued to celebrate Moss's 85th birthday.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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!
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a "must have" book for any motor racing fan. Large format with lots of illustrations. Buy a copy now!Published on 1 July 2014 by alanjohn
What a brilliant role model for today's young men ! His racing achievements are legendary and he's always such a gentlemen.Published on 4 Mar. 2014 by Miss J R Randall
I have been a life-long motor sport fan since the early 1950's and Stirling Moss was always a big part of my formative years. Read morePublished on 10 July 2012 by C. A. Chapman