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What If I Had Never Tried It: The Autobiography Hardcover – April 9, 2006


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks; First edition (April 9, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760326827
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760326824
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #416,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sport Rider, July 2006

“With his huge celebrity status, there have been the inevitable countless rumors and suppositions on Rossi and what makes him tick. This autobiography basically allows you to cut through most of that and see all sides of him … an entertaining read for any racing fan.”

About the Author

Valentino Rossi was born on February 16, 1979, in Urbino, Italy. He won his first motorcycle grand prix race at the age of 17, his first world title at 18, and his first MotoGP championship at 22. He currently rides for Yamaha, and his main residence is in central London.

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Customer Reviews

It was well written and interesting.
Robert A. Reid III
This book is an insite to the start of Rossi's career and family as well as his evolution to becoming a champion.
Eric Sampson
"Well, is just going to be like all the other books, a few pages and I'm done, or may be half way through it."
C. Arzola

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Eric Sampson on January 2, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The people that wrote the previous reviews are probably not hardcore motorcyclists or competitors, therefore I am dismissing what negativity they have to say about this book. So I challenge each of you to read it for yourself and draw your own conclusions, but these are my thoughts on it.

This book is an insite to the start of Rossi's career and family as well as his evolution to becoming a champion. All too often people will say that "it's easy for him" or "he doesn't have to work that hard at winning" when the truth is that his choices, his decisions and his methods are what allowed him to develop into a champion.

As a professional motorcycle racer and competitor (who has won amatuer roadracing championships) I found this book incredibly enthralling and motivating to the point that many times I had a tough time putting it down. Rossi's story about his coming of age, challenges and decisions can also be applied to nearly any area of your life. It's all about making the right decisions and surrounding yourself with the right people; the ones that have the ability to help you become successful. It's about facing challenges in the face of adversity and overcoming them. It's about bucking the naysayers and coming out on top. Rossi (and his co-author) put a lot a emotion into the book and you can practically hear him speaking in his broken english as you read the book.

I found this book to be a worthwhile read, and while the ending did leave a bit to be desired it was still phenomonal. It might have also been that I wanted to read more or it might also be because his legacy is yet to come to an end. Regardless though, it is an excellent inflection to his life and times.

This book is an insite to a world champion racer who has worked very hard to get where he is. I highly reccomend it to anyone who is looking for motivation or insite as to what makes a champion tick.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Paul D. Nguyen on October 19, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I'm not actually even finished with the book yet (50 - 60 pages to go) but I had to write in and say that this is an amazing book. It's really good to read about Rossi's detailed feelings about the companies he has won championships for and about companies who he was thinking of moving to and companies that he started off with. He goes into a good amount of detail about the things that mean a lot to him and definitely clears some things up if you might have lingering questions. I'd recommend this to any Rossi fan... then again, if you're a Rossi fan, you should already own this book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By sherri on March 19, 2007
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Really interesting and well written. I read this ages ago and finally got around to doing a review. I'm not really a race fan but I love a well written autobiography and in the wide realm of sports biographies and autobiographies, this one is outstanding. Even if you arn't into sport. The book is easy reading and the writer uses a chatty, conversational style throughout. I'd recommend it to anyone just as a good autobiography, regardless if they knew who rossi was or not.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By dOOd on July 3, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Good book, it is a little fragmented skipping from one thought to another then back to the original thought later in the book, but hey the dood is a motorcycle god not a writer. If you appriciate Rossi and his love for life than you will enjoy hearing his stories. If you are looking for a literary masterpiece move on.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Vadim Dubinsky on July 25, 2006
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I expected this book to follow some chronological order of events. It doesn't. It skips around and often doublebacks on itself recounting some facts several times. It sometimes feels like a padded highschool paper, which could easily have been half the size with better editing. However the most interesting tidbits, like Rossi's switch from Honda to Yamaha, rivalry with Biaggi, childish shinnanigans, etc. are all covered.

If you are a Rossi fan, you will enjoy this book, however a literal masterpiece it is not.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Damian U. Garcia on August 31, 2006
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When I first got this book I figured it would be just another racer writing a book for publicity. Then I thought about Rossi's feelings on celebrity status and gave it a go ahead. Wow, it is so well written. I cannot read Italian or I would give it a go to read as it was by the World Champion. The translation seems to be spot on and is just a book that [..] in till the end, and I still reread it. Well to be honest it only took me about 9 hours, straight albeit, to read it. Lots of thumbs up!

Damian
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James I on August 31, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I am a MotoGP fan who always admired Rossi the rider but thought he was a bit of an ego maniac. I never really liked Rossi the guy until I read this book. He gives a picture of his life from childhood through his all important development to present (near). There are many facinating tid bits from his childhood in Italy to the near impossible to manage super-stardom. He also shares some of the behind the scenes of MotoGP, his rivalries and big move from Honda to Yamaha.

I am no literary critic but I can say the book is personal and warm, very conversational. It'll make you laugh, it'll make you think. It may change your mind about who Rossi really is. Great book for any motorsport fan or interested reader.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By T. Williams on June 4, 2008
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This book is a LONG read. I don't know if the translation got lost, but it was painful. I don't know if Rossi actually penned the verse, but it comes across as poorly written and not at all thought out.

His stories are all over the place, and he tends to say the same thing over and over again, but in different ways.

On the plus side, it does help explain a bit about Rossi, and what he's about.
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