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Mark G. Scheuern (Grand Blanc, MI USA)

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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

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Frustrating Book, 11 Sept. 2004
The dust jacket blurb says "It is a story that has never been fully or properly told, and it is a story that needed to be told." Unfortunately, it still needs to be properly told. While not totally without interest, Rubython's book is deeply flawed thanks to very poor (or perhaps no) editing. Rubython has a clunky writing style and awkward sentences abound. Stories are told repeatedly as if he has forgotton what he's already written. The book also contains some factual errors that should have been caught before publication. More subjectively, the anti-Prost bias seems very evident and the book suffers for it. It's easy to get the impression that Prost was no match for Senna and that's obviously not true.
On the positive side, some of the stories are interesting if not particularly new and the human side of Senna comes through. There are some nice Keith Sutton photos though, again, probably nothing that we haven't seen before. I'm left with the impression that the author tried hard but wasn't quite up to the task, was hurried, and was let down by his publisher.

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