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  • Paperback: 410 pages
  • Publisher: Random House UK (June 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099528096
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099528098
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Excellent."  —Motor Sport


"A superb insight into antagonism between F1 teammates."  —Daily Mirror

About the Author

Malcolm Folley is chief sports reporter for the Mail on Sunday. He is the author of numerous books, including Borg Versus McEnroe.

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Very good, detailed and objective book.
RODRIGO F C SILVA
Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna were the two most successful drivers of their era.
Abhijeet
Anybody and i mean anybody who is a Formula 1 fan should read this book.
Jose Pimentel

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70 of 89 people found the following review helpful By P. Hannam on August 5, 2010
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The impression it leaves me is that Folley was so delighted and gratified to be given a nice lunch and a fairly in depth interview by Prost in his Paris apartment in 2008 that his efforts to remain impartial thereafter collapsed into a morass of subtle and not so subtle slips that reaffirmed the narrative of Prost as the ultimate gentleman and Senna as the fragile and ruthless newbie who came and stole it all away. As such, the Folley narrative ranges from fair and balanced, to being rantingly anti-Senna. To the extent that Senna's story is told, or his point of view heard in retrospect, it is through the words of the others of the time: Warwick, Brundle, Berger, Walker, Jardine, Leberer et al, who Folley has at least taken the trouble to interview and quote. (Brundle is impressively self-effacing and candid about his standing against Senna...no agenda there. Warwick is also remarkably gracious, as he has been over the years about Senna, who he retains an immense respect for). Meanwhile, Folley's faithful repetition, without the slightest irony, of Prost's claim about Suzuka in '89: "I had no interest to make a crash", is a case in point. This is as disingenuous a statement as we have heard from Alain, up there with his equally laughable claim that he never blocked Senna from the Williams team for 1993 (we all know he did, and Senna called his bluff with his 'I'll drive for free' offer to Williams, to make the point). But the narrative treats it without the slightest scepticism, having described the Suzuka collision simply as "a brash manoeuvre" on Senna's part, which "hopelessly misjudged Prost's mood".Read more ›
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22 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Alexandre Antonello on January 17, 2011
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The bottom line is that the greatest rivalry of Formula-1 history deserved a more impartial view and a fairer balance of interviewees. The author misses to interview crucial people and gives a strong weight to Prost and other British opinion, even if some of them had little relevance in the sport. He uses a subtle technique to state his point of view: he selects quotes and then endorses them at his convenience. Then he dramatizes them. Even if it is OK for an author to state a PoV, he should do it transparently and not in between the lines, billing the analysis to be impartial. On this book it is very far from it.

Prost is depicted as the rational, calm, precise, reasonable, more dedicated to the team testing, who was betrayed by Senna and therefore was right on all conflicts that happened between them. On the other hand, the Brazilian is the brilliant (the author could never get away with any different suggestion than this...), BUT spoiled, unreasonable, irresponsible, dishonest, liar, not committed to team testing, who was at every single time claimed guilty of all polemic that followed. The fact that Prost has always been blaming others for his struggles (Senna, McLaren, Honda then Ferrari) is minimized by the book as the "Professeur" always had a good point to justify his lack of accountability.

I believe such biased author's point of view shows a great lack of respect with the fans of this sport, especially because Senna is dead and cannot state his point of view. The author could have compensated his absence by hearing other people who were close to him: Galvao Bueno and Reginaldo Leme from TV Globo (most renowned F-1 narrator and commentator of Formula-1 in Brazil), Senna's family, Senna's Public Relations Betise Assumpção, etc.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jose Pimentel on February 12, 2013
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Anybody and i mean anybody who is a Formula 1 fan should read this book. This is a classic a book that defines a rivalry that was greater than the sport itself. I love this book because more than the racing itself, it goes to details about the characters behind the helmets. People today believe that racing is not as interesting as before because theres not enough overtaking, i believe that racing is not as interesting as before because it doesn't have what the past had, which was racing drivers with a personality.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By U. Johnson on December 2, 2012
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This book gives a different perspective of both Senna and Prost and the motivations behind their actions. Lots of great background information which makes this book an excellent companion piece to the truly outstanding movie, "Senna".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Pruitt on November 26, 2012
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If you're a Formula One fan, you will enjoy this book. It shows's a pretty detailed look at the rivalry between Senna and Prost when they were teammates at McLaren together, and a little after that.
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Evangeline Nola on September 8, 2012
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This is not a balanced account of one of the most dramatic episodes in F1 racing. It reads like a fan book written by an author completely besotted with Prost. It is also a character assasination of Senna, with the author hand picking and pruning interviews and events to paint Senna in the worst light possible. The author makes assumptions about what Senna's motives were or what his 'true' personal ethics were without consulting people who could speak for Senna. Example? The author claims that Senna ruthlessly divorced his wife when she became an inconvenience for him. Huh? Senna and his wife were childhood sweethearts, married as soon as they were of age, and deeply loved each other. But it was NOT Senna who ended the marriage. Senna's wife could not endure the loneliness of a life lived traveling between racing circuits, nor the intense fear racers' wives live with, that their husbands might be injured or killed or maimed at any time. Senna's wife wanted to live amongst family and friends, in a familiar environment, have children. Senna tried to give up racing for her sake but he was miserable, and she was miserable knowing it. So they ended the marriage. And according to Senna's family, he never got over it. Folley does this over and over. Senna was an egotistical fiend, so self-obsessed that he was incapable of venerating other great drivers. And Folley knows this....how, exactly? He doesn't say. He merely assumes. He is blinded by his love of Prost. He'll say anything if it ultimately flatters his darling love.

The documentary record paints a far different Prost than the idol Folley puts forth here.
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