Top positive review
Excellent book, detailed and better than the film
May 31, 2015
This was a great read. Though written about 40 years ago it reads as very contemporary, and in this edition there is an afterword by Robin Knox-Johnston, the only person to actually finish the race. Like the authors, he's not to quick to leap to judgment of Donald Crowhurst.
If you saw, and liked, the 2006 documentary Deep Water (find it on a popular video hosting site) you'll enjoy this more. It has much more detail, especially of Crowhurst's life leading up to the sailing race (he had more experience on boats than the film led us to believe) and in particular on the preparations for the race. It's hard to escape the conclusion that he'd have made it had he been better prepared, though of course his boat and its structural integrity were always another issue.
Anyway, I can thoroughly recommend this book. As much as I could, I read it basically in one sitting. That is, when I wasn't at work, I was racing through this book.