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The Brothers Rodriguez Hardcover – August 1, 2007

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  • Hardcover: 607 pages
  • Publisher: Haynes Manuals (August 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1893618897
  • ISBN-13: 978-1893618893
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 8.9 x 2.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,328,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Any sports library specializing in race car history beyond the casual photo display must have the weighty, impressive BROTHERS RODRIGUEZ. It's oversized, has been exhaustively detailed and packed with color illustrations - some 4,000 photos in all - and provides the complete story of Pedro and Ricardo's track careers and personal lives. Libraries also strong in Mexican history and biography will appreciate the blends of biography and social and cultural history. It's an impressive 'must' for any auto sports collection seeking detailed, definitive coverages.
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The Brothers Rodríguez
by Carlos Eduardo Jalife-Villalón

Steve McQueen hooked me on racing with his epic homage to Le Mans, and Pedro Rodríguez became the man with the balls to wrestle the deadly Porsche 917 beast-of-a-racecar not just into submission, but on to victory. Now, David Bull Publishing has brought us the story behind Pedro and Ricardo, the brothers who shook up the racing world in those bygone days.

For men (and especially motorheads) of a certain age, McQueen's Le Mans was a rite of passage. We may not have had the capital to attend the battle of the titans that lasted two full times around the clock, and was waged on the public roads a few hours outside Paris. But, our boy Steve captured the visual and aural magic of the Porsche 971/Ferrari 512 war in a way that has yet to be repeated.

That movie caused me to start paying closer attention to World Championship Endurance racing, and the name Pedro Rodríguez kept appearing at or near the top of the results charts. I wondered who this brave, young buck was, and how did he get to the pinnacle of the racing world "so fast"?

Well Carlos Eduardo Jalife-Villalón's book tells us not only about Pedro's life on the track, but it also traces the rise of my hero and his brother Ricardo from obscurity, to international celebrity status, and ends with their untimely deaths. With 607 pages and nearly 4,000 black and white and color photos, this 9 x 13-inch hardbound book is literally a weighty biography; it tipped my postal scale at 11 pounds.

But this large book is an appropriate scale for the in-depth look the author provides of the brothers. Many of the photos have never been published, and a slew of them are courtesy of the Rodríguez family.
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I don't think I'd ever find $150 to be a fair price for any book, but this one is an exception. This massive tome is worth every penny. It is more than just a biography of two talented brothers, it is complete coverage of a golden era in motor racing. And to some extent it is also a political history of Mexico during the sixties! The author's 13 years of research is evident, and the translation is just fine except for a few of the photo captions. My only criticism is that some of the many photos are reproduced way too small, but that is a minor quibble. A detailed appendix lists every known race that the brothers competed in, but with such detail that a magnifier is needed. The index is also very comprehensive. Just be prepared for the book's 9-1/2 pound weight. If you lived and followed racing during the period (or even if you didn't) you need to check this one out.
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By RAM on February 21, 2011
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It's been over 40 years since Pedro and Ricardo Rodriguez graced racing fans with their prodigious talent and now those of us who remember them finally have what will likely be a never to be surpassed record of their lives and accomplishments. To my mind, this is the volume to which all other racing biographies should, and probably will be compared. Mr. Jalife-Villalon has achieved the nearly impossible in this masterpiece, bringing once again to life the two brothers who blazed across the racing firmament and then left us to ponder what could have been had they not perished so soon. Beautifully illustrated, written with respect not only for the lives of the subjects but also for the truth, thoughtfully organized, fully documented, and exhaustively indexed, the resulting effort is the sine qua non of racing biographies. So all encompassing is the author's work, that this volume could almost serve to replace many of the books written on the brothers' contemporaries. Well, perhaps I exaggerate that last point, but the descriptions of many of the races in which the brothers participated oft times have nearly as much detail about what the competition was driving and doing as about Ricardo or Pedro, so one feels fully immersed in the event. For example, the index lists over 50 citations for "Dan Gurney," leading the reader to maybe three times that number of pages in which Dan is referenced. At nearly nine pounds and six hundred large format (9X13) pages, not to mention priced well over one hundred dollars, this book is not for the faint of heart. It will be, however, the capstone of your racing book collection for a long, long time to come.
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By Paul on September 9, 2010
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This is the most expensive book I have EVER bought and it is worth every penny. This is an excellent compliment to Burnside's book "American Racing" which features pictures of this era. If you are a fan of Ferrari Testa Rosa, Dino 246 or F1 156 sharknose cars, this will give you many additional shots to enjoy. Early days of racing the Porsche RS is of interest too. By the later 60's I had moved on to college and wasn't spending every nickel from my paper route buying Road and Track, Sports Car Graphic and just moved on. In recent years I have come back to enjoying this era of sports car. Earlier I had bought "Vintage American Road Racing Cars" because it too brings back all those cars you had forgotten that you wanted so bad at that time. Anyway, bit the bullet and spend the current $130+ price on this book. It is worth it.
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