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Enzo Ferrari: The Man, The Cars, The Races, The Machine Hardcover – May 1, 1991

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To his legion of admirers, Italian auto titan Enzo Ferrari (1898-1988) was a genius who personally created marvelous cars of advanced design. But as Car and Driver columnist Yates points out in this captivating, demythologizing biography, none of Ferrari's racing cars "was a glittering example of daring technology," and he had almost no hand in the making of the later road cars that bore his name. Revealed as a hot-tempered megalomaniac given to loud belching and countless amorous conquests, Ferrari fathered an illegitimate child and led a shadowy second life as a respite from the "simmering hatred" of his marriage. He portrayed himself as a loyal "motorized knight-errant," defending Italy's national honor, but in Yates's esimate he was interested solely in winning races and sometimes pushed his drivers to dangerous extremes. Yates deftly records the carnage of major races, business wheeling and dealing, and the political dimensions of motor racing from the pre-WW II Rome-Berlin Axis to today's ribbon-waving nationalism. Photos.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 465 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday; 1st edition (May 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385263198
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385263191
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,105,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
this is the most comprehensive book on the subject that i have read. it is a cross-section of the history, and growth of his dynamic company. a must read for anyone interested in ferrari, and formula one racing.
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By wade on August 3, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book years ago and subsequently read some rather critical reviews (DED) so just put it aside. Have read it now I was surprised at how good it was. Possibly some brave assumptions and conclusions, but over all very interesting portrait of a unique man.
Wade
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By redfazzaz on February 22, 2011
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this is the best of the 4 bio's I have read about Enzo Ferrari. This is a warts and all portrayal of a man all of us tifosi have come to love, read it.
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A very well written, well researched piece of work. Yates writes with a knowledge and worldliness that far transcends the mere subject of highly coveted machines. It is not just a story of the man, but of the 20th century industrially and politically. It plumbs the depths of its subject in a manner that is comprehensive and balanced. The best book on the subject.
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This book goes into viewing not only the glamorous part of the commendattore's life, but mostly the darker side.

Mr Yates takes a very interesting position, he gives the impression that dislikes italians and praises germans, english and americans in the auto industry, and that this book was written to expose the "dark-side" of Ferrari.

The linking of Enzo Ferrari to the Mafia and to the Fascist governments seems a little far fetched.

All in all I believe this book was written to discredit Ferrari and all the history and triumph behind them.
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