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on 23 June 2009
The story of 100 years of F1 is interesting, that's for sure. Even for most hardcore fans and buyers of motorsport books/magazines the pre-war years are usually lost in a bit of a haze, but here there is a nice narrative into which all the famous names we know (but usually can't quite be sure of who-preceded-who, who-drove-what and who-beat-who etc) fall nicely into place.

The post-war era is much better known, so there's less scope for the author to surprise us with info we didn't already know. But it's still nice to see the story as a continuing narrative, rather than the usual series of year-by-year 'reviews', where each year can be taken on its own, that books on F1 history usually end up being.
Content-wise, it's a worthwhile book for anyone interested in F1's history, and the younger and less knowledgeable the reader, the more stimulating it'll likely be.

So why only a couple of stars? Well, I found it almost unreadable. The author's writing style gave me the impression he'd given his notes/drafts to the publisher instead of the finished article. Perhaps they were rushed for time. I kept thinking that if they'd knocked it into shape it'd be a brilliant book, but as is, it reads like something composed by a committee made up of Murray Walker, Simon Schama and James Joyce. And that makes for an annoying read. Some sentences, even whole paragraphs, have to be re-read and re-read to make sense of what's being said. But for a bit of rewriting and polishing, the book could've been a gem.
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on 8 March 2014
A well researched but almost TOO much information. Good as a reference book but the author's pedantic nature shows through.
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