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This review is from: It Is What It Is: The Autobiography (Paperback)
I've been reading a bunch of books and bio's on Formula One over the past few months and this one has been the least enjoyable.
It is an honest account, but very, very badly written. The number of times the same sentence/topic/comment are repeated is enormus and really off putting. Much of the content is an attempt to justify his own existence and routine denial (refer the title) of issues, which he then later admits to!
DC was never one of my favourites and I had little respect for him until the last few years. This book has removed any respect I did have for him.
On the plus side, he is quite naively open in his commentary on himself, and (seemingly unknowningly) allows the reader into his head to see his dirty psychological laundry. Unfortunately, this simply reveals him as typical of many so-called modern-day heroes - the man has some serious psychological issues that come from leading an unbalanced up-bringing leading into the sheltered world of the rich and famous. By his own admission he couldn't handle being at a BBQ with real people, or a few drinks in the pub with friends.
Why people idolise folk like this, or even respect them, is beyond me.
Like most sporting heroes that give up all else and have a win-at-all-costs attitude to "succeed", he is a one-dimensional and unbalanced man. A flawed hero.