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Alex Zanardi: My Sweetest Victory: A Memoir of Racing Success, Adversity, and Courage Paperback – October 25, 2004
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I agree with the reviewer who says that Zanardi is definitely the center of his story, but it's a memoir. If it were fiction, I don't know how I'd feel, but it isn't. Alex does not promote himself as a saint or anything but a regular guy. He definitely didn't set out to become the poster-child for recovery; but he has tacked the challenges in his life with (a Mediterranean?) intensity.
Zanardi's childlike enthusiasm are core to his success and survival: He is very emotional guy. Most of the time, I find his tone and emotional honesty positive. Sometimes, the voice gets a little whiney, or just too emotional for me. But I was hooked, the basic story is incredible and inspiring. And it's the real deal. God help me if I have to deal with these challenges. I hope I'm half as graceful and positive.
Overall, I can only give Zanardi, and his book, my best rating.
For what it's worth, the book has more color photos than I can remember seeing in a relatively cheap book. It's got an interesting, if cheerleading, foreword by Mario Andretti, and a more or less complete career chronology at the back, with maps. My best $12 read in a long time.
The book is written as if Zanardi were sitting down to a long dinner with you and telling you the story of his life. His story-telling is rich with details and he completely charms you with a combination of bravado and self-effacing humor. It was very interesting to learn what it takes to rise up through the world of open-wheel racing. Any young person who wants to race professionally could learn a lot about how it's done from this book (and how difficult a career choice racing is).
And he tells with the same level of detail the devistating story of his accident, the slow recovery from the edge of death, and his challenging adjustment to life with no legs. His curiousity and determination during his rehabilitation are infectious. There's no room for pity in Alex's story. Instead he has you laughing as he speculates about what height he'd like to be with his new prosthetic legs!
In his Author's Note at the back of the book, Zanardi claims he wanted to share his story in case it could give hope to any other people who have had to face difficult challenges in their lives. I'd have to say by that standard, this book is a great success!
In my opinion, Alex Zanardi lifts a huge burden from his fans. Please read this book to see how. His enthusiasm towards his American fans is obvious.
Alex Zanardi, as well as his best friends (like J.V. and T.K.), provides such a model for us in sportsmanship and acceptance of our human nature. This book shows how the best find each other, and support each other. Does Mr. Zanardi ever give up being this role model? Read to find out. Does Alex take his share of responsibility when his career is not going so well? I have a better idea about this now. Does he take or share the credit when things go well? Any fan who has watched him knows how gracious he is.
My review is about how I appreciate what Alex Zanardi has done and how he tells us about it. If you are an auto sport fan, or simply a Zanardi fan, you will enjoy this book. I imagine that anyone having to experience rehabilitation will find a true companion in this book. I can also imagine someone enjoying this book just for Alex Zanardi's sense of humor and how he manages it in this highly competitive endeavor of life. It is a fun read and very much appreciated.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very good read for any race fan. Filled with great information, stories and pictures. Zanardi is amazing.Published 6 months ago by Brad Sherback
Zanardi describes the reality of professional motorsports - from his early days in karting (with his father) to his days in F1 and CART. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
I recommend this book for everyone who loves to Live. Zanardi was not famous in Brasil but should have been...Published on March 19, 2013 by Silvio
Alex is quite honest concerning his emotion, lack of discipline and mistakes. In addition the arrogant reputation of race car drivers are dashed (in this case anyway) as his early... Read morePublished on March 6, 2008 by Bill Loeb
Alex Zanardi, who lost both legs in a horrific crash that nearly claimed his life, tells his story with humor and an eye for detail. Read more
If the purpose of a memoir is to provide readers with an unedited and disorganized stream of consciousness (that completely lacks psychological insight), then Alex Zanardi... Read morePublished on April 14, 2007 by Thierry Guedj
If you are a race fan, you will really enjoy this one. Alex is truly a hero.Published on August 15, 2005 by Daniel S. Dickinson