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Total Competition: Lessons in Strategy from Formula One Hardcover – 3 Nov 2016
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The book is billed as being a look at strategy useful to those with little or no knowledge of F1, but in reality, unless you have a good knowledge of F1 I suspect that at least half the book will make little or no sense.
If the book were judged as a wider work on strategy, applicable to a wider audience, it would fail.
The pieces on strategy itself, including digressions into the Sun Zu, were for me very weak, and detracted from the book. They seemed to not really fit with the narrative; an example of a book trying to do too much.
The parts with Ross Brawn discussing his working practices were truly excellent, and the parts where he discusses his working practices with Michael Schumacher were particularly strong. His focus on discipline, rhythms, routines, and processes, are particularly worthwhile.
I found the book overly long. A bolder editor could have taken between 50 and 100 pages out of this book without doing any significant damage. Certainly the portions on military strategy could be removed (an odd digression that is not effective, and quite boring), but also tidying up some repetition.
The book is written in a Q&A format, which I found to be a refreshing and interesting way to present a book, giving it almost the feel of a magazine article.
Adam Parr on the other hand (who?) is just annoying. He's already published a comic book about F1 called The Art of War, and here he keeps going on about the same theme, comparing F1 to Sun Tzu's two-and-a-half-millenia-old book. If you skip everything he says and asks and stick to Ross Brawn, this is great book. I strongly recommend it.
Parr has an ego and it is concealed in his 101 question for self satisfaction reasons.
And as for AP's ancient strategizing based around historic military scenarios, a BIG YAWN. However persevere and just read the responses and you great an insight into the life of F1 legend Mr Brawn. Forget the last Chapter - Observations as Parr gets into high strategy mode and paraphrases Ross's responses according to his strategy nonsense. I suggest you buy the books by Damon, Johnny Herbert or Mark Webber if you want a good read. Really the 6 hour Kindle read time is about half as you will soon avoid the Parr strategy. So I guess this is value for about £6.
There's the echo of Ross Brawn's story weaved throughout the book but it's framed in Adam Parr's 'Art of War' review of strategy.
I wish Adam had kept it simple and just interviewed Ross about his career and sent the transcript off to print without faffing around with his desire to fulfil his own academic cravings. It would have been a hell of a lot more interesting.
Want to know the story behind the man you will love this in depth look at his life and where he see's his future in motorsport don't forget this was launched some time before Bernie was ousted and Liberty appointed new management but may be this book was some what instrumental in the appointment of Ross Brawn.
I read this book from cover to cover in few hours but still dip in to it occasionally to while away a few moments prior to the new F1 season.
Shame would have been fun to read the Benetton story from the inside of this controversial time. Also the Jaguar XJR14
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very well written as a conversation between two people.You do need to be really into F1 to appreciate it in fullPublished 1 day ago by david c hands
Always been a fan of Ross Brawn. He tells it like it is. A good book which gives an insight into people and the F1 sport itself. Read morePublished 1 day ago by susie wong
This book is a biography of Ross Brawn. It is packed with facts about his life before and during his time in Formula 1. Read morePublished 1 day ago by ANN A.
My husband found this book riveting and that it gave a fantastic insight into Formula OnePublished 3 days ago by Scarlett
can't really comment gave it as a present but went down well with the receiverPublished 13 days ago by Asadin
On the surface this is a book about motor sport. When considered in a context with more dimensions however it is a book about success. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Mr P S
Too many references to historical people; just wanted the inside gossip of Formula 1.Published 16 days ago by Sparky