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  • Hardcover: 764 pages
  • Publisher: Myrtle (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956565603
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956565600
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.5 x 2.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #500,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'd like to be able to sit down and have a beer and a yarn with him.
E. G. Eldridge
If you as a reader are not moved to tears, may it be out of joy or from the tragedies, you will have a heart made out of stone.
Bjorn Andersson
Tom Rubython's book tells his story in a great deal of detail - warts and all and is an interesting and entertaining read.
Bonnie Bodrum

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By cigarillored on January 26, 2011
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I approached this book with a great deal of enthusiasm. Hunt passed away just as I was beginning to follow Formula 1 in earnest, so while his voice was familiar to me, his life-story (in detail) was not. I can't honesty say whether or not Rubython's effort represents the be-all and end-all of Hunt biographies, but it's certainly a dense and lengthy text that takes us all the way from his birth, his F1 ascendency, and to his eventual death in 1993.

The length of the book is a little deceptive. Rubython has done his research, but occasionally indulges himself to a degree that bores the reader, as evidenced by his description of Suzy Miller's post-James relationship with Richard Burton. It was time and effort that could of been better spent elsewhere, particularly as it was quite clear that the relationship had little bearing on James after the initial separation. What also struck me with this particular book is that Rubython doesn't appear to have had much access to the people who were closest to James. The quotes attributed to his family and closest friends are often quotes that appear to have been simply dragged from other biographies, press-clippings or documentaries. How about breaking some new ground? Walker, Ecclestone, Fittipaldi, Lauda, Scheckter...I would've loved to have heard more from these men who were so prevalent in his life. But my biggest criticism I save for Rubython's sometimes disrespectful assumptions. How is he to know who James did and did not truly love? I found his occasional leaps of logic where James emotions were concerned a bit hard to swallow.

All in all, this is a pretty dry telling of Jame's quite obviously rich life. James was quite clearly a guy that could inspire great admiration one moment and contempt the next. The book frankly bored me at times when it shouldn't have. He was a man of real contrasts, but more effort by the author to understand and explore his psyche would've been appreciated.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Bjorn Andersson on November 8, 2010
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Tom Rubython has written an exellent book on the life of this most enigmatic man of Formula 1 - James Hunt. This new work by Tom Rubython surpasses his previous book on Ayrton Senna by miles and truly stands out as a peak above the rest when compared with any other motor-racing book to be found, and any other biography as well. Partly it may be blamed on the subject as James Hunt was a man with so many facets living a life that touched so many, and with a voice that reached millions when teamed up with Murray Walker at the BBC. The more you as a reader starts to know James Hunt, the more you marvel at the incredible work Tom Rubython has achieved when writing this book. This book just has it all, as stated in the preface; "A nonfiction book that reads like a novel". This is a book that truly deserves praise, and a book that I truly recomend to anyone to read no matter if you are motorsport interested or not, as it is a truly remarkable jurney from page one! If you as a reader are not moved to tears, may it be out of joy or from the tragedies, you will have a heart made out of stone. Read this book, James Hunt deserves to be remembered for more than the tabloids made him out to be!

Last but not least, I have to say it is absoluteley inconcievable to me that I am the first person to rate and review this book. It deserves a lot more attention than just this one review!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Terry A. Stewart on July 3, 2011
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I was expecting a biography of a wild and quirky man with great racing skills. I was hoping for the focus to be strongly on his racing. However, the book is 500+ pages of unbelievable detail from early childhood until his untimely death. The focus of the book was most about his personality and emotional issues along with his racing. It was just more than I wanted to know.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. G. Eldridge on December 8, 2013
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Tom Rubython leaves no stone unturned in this amazing biography of Formula One legend, James Hunt. It's not always well written, but it is always captivating and a really great read. The photos are excellent too. Hunt was an extraordinary man and they broke the mold with this larger than life character who seized life by the ears and wrote his own script and rule book. He certainly had his faults: a notorious lothario who could only relate to women from the waist down, a heavy drinker, smoker and party animal who sometimes exhibited very bad behavior, had a shocking temper and a rude, abrasive style. People tended to like him or loathe him. He was multi-faceted and had some endearing traits like his love of animals and his devotion to his two sons, Tom and Freddie.
There is no doubt that Hunt was a truly great driver even though it never really came easy to him--he vomited before every race and shook so hard his car could be seen vibrating on the grid. Formula One was really dangerous during the 1970's and helps to explain Hunt's hedonistic lifestyle. He milked life for all the pleasure he could get because he never knew if he'd survive the next race. Many of his colleagues died or were maimed in horrific accidents. Hunt had some very close shaves.
I actually found Hunt's life story really sad and poignant. He paid the price for his excesses with his early death at the age of 45 when his heart gave out from all the abuse he'd subjected it to over the years with heavy smoking (40 cigarettes a day from the age of twelve), drug use and hard living. He died penniless and at a point in his life when he had fallen in love again and was genuinely trying to reform his self-destructive vices. In the end, life caught up with him although he tried hard to outrun it, harder than most.
I'd like to be able to sit down and have a beer and a yarn with him. Rest in peace, James.
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