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UPDATED: A brilliant read for it's time but retrospectively flawed
on 1 June 2004
EDIT: Please look at the update below for some further thoughts. I've changed my rating accordingly.
===Original review as written follows===
Clarkson has always been a controversial character. He aims to deliberately offend while most other motor journalists dare not even breathe a swear word at a car they hate, for fear of being excluded from the next launch party. However, in his crusade to annoy, anger and aggravate, he brings a lot of honesty and a single-minded obsession that many so-called car reviewers lack. I consider him to be the "Simon Cowell" (albeit no where near as funny) of the motoring world...basically, if he says a car is crap, he is probably right. Sometimes his views are so sharp and spot on it hurts, other times they make you cringe and the rest of the time they are downright confusing. Either way, this book is a must read...as long as you are not the CEO of a car manufacturer or a resident of Norfolk...;-)
If this world had any justice, the Politically Correct brigade would be banned and this book would be a best seller...
===End original review===
EDIT 24/01/2016: In light of recent comments Mr. Clarkson has made, I feel I need to update my review. At the time was book was a good read to my younger self. It still is an interesting look into the mind of, frankly, a relic from a by-gone era that still persists for possibly complex societal and psychological reasons beyond my understanding. However people have to be aware that Clarkson, by his very nature, is an offensive person and seeks a lot of publicity. However society has moved on in many respects. By all means, buy the book and have a good laugh but keep in mind the kind of person he is.