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Life of Senna: Formula 1 Superstar
by Tom Rubython
Ayrton Senna is viewed by many as the most brilliant Formula One driver who ever raced. His death on Sunday, May 1st, 1994, was as public as it was shocking: over 200 million people were watching as his Williams-Renault veered off the Imola, Italy track at the San Marino Grand Prix and careened into a concrete wall. Less known are the details of this incomparable driverâ ...more
Paperback, 664 pages
Published February 1st 2006 by Motorbooks International
(first published May 1st 2004)
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May 10, 2010 Bradley rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
A lot of people don't like this biography about Ayrton Senna. Either because it was very late in coming, covers little outside those already on the market (Richard Williams - Death of Senna) & takes more time getting there, is very bias toward Senna, or Tom Rubython is a creepy man with a shady journalism history full of litigation. Anyway, a lot of that escaped me because I quite enjoyed it. Okay, yes, it is ridiculously bias, almost a bible of worship to the late great Ayrton Senna, but I ...more
A thorough account of Senna's life and career, but poorly written; the book mostly enumerates factual statistics without much reflection, and suffers from a lack of final editing that would have given it a more coherent reading experience (especially the journalistic quality of sections on his love life are embarrassing).
The best thing about Tom Rubython is his thoroughness - he does his research, and it shows. The worst thing about Tom Rubython is everything else: Tom is a bloody terrible writer. I've spent the last two or so years combing through Fred Clark's musings on the Left Behind series, and having learned to recognise Very Bad Writing over there it was easy to spot in here. Tom's sins are diverse, but among the worst are dull and repetitive phrasing, sheer presumptuousness (he often does us the favour o ...more
Aug 13, 2012 Riccardo Paterni rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Te topic if the book is fascinating and it feels like decently researched, the writing swings from repetitive to straight boorish; in any case it's a read you cannot put does if you are a motor racing passionate. Senna's unique mystique springs up thought the book: his shear focus; his analytical and often cunning thinking; his total commitment joined by a totally self centered energy while in the cockpit (and this is a great skill for drivers). It is a must read if you want to become a better r ...more
This book is very well written and gives a detailed and personal view of an extraordinary man. I had no problem getting through this substantial work, but I have followed formula one for many years, including the tragic weekend when Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenburger were killed. I suspect that the book would appeal more to fans of the sport, the movie / documentary is aimed more at the general public who may not actually watch the racing. The book, however, gives much more of the man rather t ...more
written by a gerbil on meth. the author switches topics every seven paragraphs for no apparent reason, jumps around in an already senseless timeline, and makes innumerable reference to either the impossible ('Senna understood the irony of his win, since by today's rules he would have lost.' who knew, he was psychic) or the downright ridiculous. it is unfortunate that so great an admirer as rubython could not learn this one most important lesson from so great a driver - focus.
For the first three quarters of it you can get past the unbelievable bias of the author as it's a very interesting insight into F1 in the 80's and early 90's, Senna's life and how he got to the top. The last bit dealing with his death and the trial makes you feel a bit nauseous due to the authors, not even thinly disguised, hero worship and reluctance to actually question if Senna could have made a mistake at that final corner. Definitely worth a read.
An insightful and broad writing of the life of the late great grand prix legend Ayrton Senna.The books gives an in-depth account of the entire life of Senna from growing up in Brazil and his first forays into motor sport in Europe to his life in the spotlight and ultimately his untimely death.Much has been written about Senna but this book stands up there with the best of them.I recommend this book.
Overall a good read although occasionally a little repetitive. This book mainly chronnicles the life of Senna during his racing years, skimming over his childhood. It's biggest flaw is probably the very long chapter dedicated to the trial which followed his untimely death in 1994, although I suppose you can easily skip it if you'd rather not hear the technicalities.
Just a truly fantastic book. By the end of it, I felt I had known Senna his entire life, and for a book written by someone else, about a person who is dead, that is very very special! It took me 6 months to find something else to read after this because nothing could hold my interest after this incredible book.
I am very biased, he was probably one of the best drivers the world has ever known and this book is a very detailed history of his relatively short life. If you loved Senna then you will love the book, otherwise read it as a piece of history.