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In the Name of Glory Hardcover – November 1, 2011
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The actual story of the season on track is done pretty well, I thought. The only thing I had read about this season was from old Road and Track articles from '76. And those I read in 1983, so while I was completely familiar with the protests and disqualifications and courtroom drama's, my memeory of them was a tad blurred from time, so this book helped clear up what had occured from 1976.
There are some very amusing anecdotes that I didn't know ( or had completely forgotten) such as the story of Ferrari and the Italian race officials doing McLaren over at Monza in retaliation for what they felt McLaren and British race officials had done to them earlier at Brands Hatch. And I found the story of McLaren snookering Ferrari out of an early trip to Japan quite amusing.
So, if you read this book cover to cover, you will run into some seriously boring parts, i'll give you that. But I think if you gloss over the irrelevant parts and stick to the actual racing, you shouldn't be too disappointed. And it's much easier to read this book than to track down back issues of Road and Track from 1976!
The book is well written and holds ones interest from cover to cover and is the story of the underdog coming to the fore because noone expected James (except James) to be as competitive as he was let alone win the championship! The book is well worth the read!
bought the book expecting third rate writing and instead have bought auto racing's
equivalent of a literary masterpiece. The writing is incredibly good compared with
good literature and well-written popular history. We're presented with in-depth
psychology of the drivers, behind the scenes and under the covers reports, and
even some driving team advice. One is made to realize how critical is the interplay between
a good test driver and the design of a winning vehicle. I was not conscious of that
before because in boat racing I played most of those roles simultaneously. In F1 tha's
impossible, so the critical facilities of a first rate driver come to the fore in redesigning and
setting up the car. Incredible book.
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