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The Life of Senna: The Biography of Ayrton Senna
The Life of Senna: The Biography of Ayrton Senna
by Tom Rubython
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Flawed biography, 2 Aug. 2004
Yes, this is a good book but it needed an editor, and someone who could write rather better: it is remarkably repetitive and some repetitions even contradict earlier versions of the same story or quote, as the author has 'got things mixed up' or simply gets a bit lost. For example the 'miserable' Toleman team is described as weak with just a few 'miserable fourth place finishes' for Derek Warwick (close repetition of 'miserable' is typical of the book's - lack of - style), before, a few pages later, becoming a great little team with excellent prospects, ideal for Senna's first year. The well known story of Senna and Ron Dennis flipping a coin over Senna's salary is another case in point - the second telling has it the wrong way round. The author would not make a good romantic novelist: the 'love story' chapter is almost embarrassingly poor. The book is also vehemently anti-Prost, no doubt reasonably so in parts, but it does seem a bit unbalanced. So, good in general, but it could have been so much better and, as the previous reviewer says, much pacier.

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