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Don’t believe the hype,
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This review is from: The Death of Ayrton Senna (Paperback)
After reading all of these good reviews I was expecting to be blown away, but after reading the book I ended up with a “is that it feeling” by the end. I think the reason for all the good reviews is that this book was originally published way back in 1995, barely a year after Senna had died and at the time the material in here was ground breaking. Now almost twenty years on there is absolutely nothing in this book that is not common knowledge among Grand Prix fans. It’s actually the first half of the book that is its strongest asset; the second half reveals nothing that you can’t read on Wikipedia. I was also disappointed with the quality of this book, as it has a rather flimsy and cheap feel to it
There are over 100 Ayrton Senna books out there but the number that focus on those final three days in Imola can be counted on one hand, it is a niche within a niche. Unfortunately despite the title this book fails to shed any new light on Senna’s final 72 hours, “the life of Senna” actually provides a more detailed (at times a little bit too detailed) look at Senna’s final weekend. I have also been hearing great things about a controversial new title called “memoirs of Imola” which apparently takes it to a whole new level.
Nonetheless this book is very well written, in fact its almost like “Motorsport poetry” if you will, but for the reasons mentioned above it also leaves a lot to be desired, and there are other Senna books that do the same thing much better.