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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most enjoyable racing books I've read., July 8, 2005
This review is from: Janet Guthrie: A Life at Full Throttle (Hardcover)
As a die-hard racing fan from the 60's and 70's, I have many books on the sport from those times. While my personal favorite is still Mark Donohue's "Unfair Advantage," Janet Guthrie's book easily ranks right up there with the best, and amazingly she wrote it all by herself, with no "ghost" writer. While I followed racing closely back then, I was surprised at how little I remembered about the details of her racing, especially in NASCAR. Her book is VERY well written and flows smoothly, covering efforts in both Indy racing and NASCAR, and does an exceptional job of explaining the difficulties (and discrimination) she faced. The key to the book, however is how she succeeds in making the reader understand that, in her view, she was a racer first and that being a woman was not the issue to her. She never wanted to be the best woman racer, she wanted to be the best racer, period. Well written, descriptive, and eye-opening about some of the sexism that happened at the time, the well designed book makes this an extremely enjoyable read for the race fan and anyone interested in reading about one person's efforts to just do what he/she loves doing, with help from some good people and in spite of the neanderthal opposing mind set of the times. Good job Janet, and good luck to Danica Patrick, Sara Fisher, and the others still fighting the barriers the pioneering Janet Guthrie helped knock down.
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