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The Limit: Life and Death in Formula One's Most Dangerous Era (English Edition) par [Cannell, Michael]
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"Enthralling history of road-racing's golden era... It is clear from Mr. Cannell's well-researched chronicle that men like Hill and von Trips, however different their styles, wouldn't have raced without the specter of death tugging at their shoulder."―The Wall Street Journal

"Michael Cannell's narrative rides in the shadows of Laura Hillenbrand's Unbroken in the way it introduces a fascinating cast while reviving a time and place in which death danced with glory... In often jaw-dropping detail, Cannell explores both Hill's triumph (he remains the only Yank to win Formula One's coveted crown) as well as the grizzly world that was auto racing in an age before safety concerns."―USA Today

"With THE LIMIT, Michael Cannell has given us a sports epic for the ages, as well as a memory of one the great eras of the American century. It ranks with John Milius's script for Big Wednesday and James Salter's Downhill Racer. As my father would say, it's not about a race. It's about life."―Rich Cohen, author of Sweet and Low

"Before I wanted to become a writer I longed to become a Ferrari race car driver. THE LIMIT dropped me into the driver's seats of the fastest cars in the world during the Grand Prix explosion of the 50's and 60's. The story here is compelling and fast...the characters are massive men breathing speed and chewing adrenalin. This is a V12 blast of a book."―Anthony Swofford, author of Jarhead

"Vivid biography of a fast-and-furious competitor on the Grand Prix racing circuit . . . a passionate, ambitious work . . . Cannell doesn't lean on the crutch of exposition to convey Hill's intrepid, sporty story, demonstrating great talent as a biographer. A crisply written, effectively compelling chronicle."―Kirkus Reviews

"Cannell's full-throttle epic leaves you breathless."―Publishers Weekly

A roaring zip about an American who took on the 1961 Grand Prix... as Cannell recounts in this winning book, Hill would prove to be a groundbreaking figure in the history of international racing-even as his accomplishments were met with a collective shrug of the shoulders in his native country.... Racing diehards, of course, will know the outcome. But the rest of us will come to this story blissfully unfamiliar with the thrills and sorrow contained in the book's last 70 pages.―The Daily Beast

Exhilarating... Its pages are filled with tales of nationalistic ardor, devil-may-care bravura, and gallows humor. And there are wrecks. Grisly, spectacular, pyrotechnic wrecks.... The Limit reads like a thriller. And his breathless depictions of disaster will have you white-knuckling your armchair.―The Boston Globe

A testosterone-fueled nonfiction book about auto racing in its bloody golden age, The Limit provides the drama and nostalgia of Seabiscuit and the body count of Gladiator. Its riveting, guy-centric story places readers behind the wheel as two vastly different drivers compete for Formula 1 glory.... In prose as fast and unadorned as an early Ferrari, Cannell rolls out an entertaining and exciting story on the way to the finish line.―Associated Press

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10 September 1961: at the boomerang-shaped racetrack at Monza, in northern Italy, half a dozen teams are preparing for the Italian Grand Prix. It is the biggest race anyone can remember. Phil Hill - the first American to break into the top ranks of European racing - and his Ferrari teammate, Count Wolfgang von Trips - a German nobleman with a movie-star manner - face each another in a race that will decide the winner of the Formula One drivers' championship. By the day's end, one man will clinch that prize. The other will perish face down on the track.

In The Limit, Michael Cannell tells the thrilling story of two parallel lives that come together in tragedy on a hot late-summer afternoon. He charts their careers from childhood and adolescence lived in the shadow of world war; through their gruelling experiences in such deadly road races as the Mille Miglia and the 24 Hours of Le Mans; to their coming of age in the hothouse atmosphere of Enzo Ferrari's Formula One team of the late 1950s. The quiet and self-contained Hill was a pathological worrier who vomited before a race and enjoyed Bartok and Shostakovich - rather than Campari and debauchery - thereafter; the dashing von Trips lived life as fast as he drove his 'sharknose' Ferrari, and yearned to inspire a nation fractured and traumatized by war. Both men strove to attain the perfect balance of speed and control that drivers called 'the limit': to drive under that limit was to run the risk of failure; to go beyond it was to dice with death.

The Limit is a vivid and atmospheric recreation of a lost world of seductive glamour and ever-present danger. Michael Cannell tells a moving and unforgettable tale of high speed and burning rivalry - and of young lives lived in the shadow of oblivion.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great story of early Formula 1 racing 10 juin 2017
Par Bonita Morgan - Publié sur
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Well told and exciting to read. Good research and detail. My husband has been a racing fan for years and it gave us something new to talk about. The drivers were good looking men, too!
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Must Read for any Formula 1, Ferrari, Golden Era Racing fans. 16 octobre 2014
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This book was a total revelation. i never gave much thought to Phil Hill as a world champion but i guess it was due to the absolute low profile of the man. what a terrific, heart breaking story this book covers. Its great that the author is not a passionate follower of the sport because it allows him to detach himself and tell the story in a rather more objective manner.

Some great characters fill the pages of these books with great stories. A must read for any follower of the sport, its a sad tale though, full of loss, great talents snuffed out but that's what made those men great, driving little torpedoes with no regards to safety at 190 mph not knowing if they will make it through the bend.

It has a lot of detailed story telling, fills in the gaps with life between races, beyond the track, although i think it ends a little abruptly and all too quickly.

You couldn't dream up a world this interesting.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Compelling, Dramatic Auto Racing History 7 octobre 2013
Par Mark G. Dill - Publié sur
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This is accurate, entertaining history. This is the way histories should be told because they draw the reader in instead of counting on his or her sense of "duty" to plow through the information. Engaging, colorful, insightful I especially enjoyed the narrative because it recounts the "under-told" careers of two men who because of circumstance as much or more than because of their skills briefly sat atop the pinnacle of international motorsport. I am an aficionado of the sport and while I knew the headlines I was unaware of the details and the nuance.The other looming personality was Enzo Ferrari who is masterfully returned to living flesh. The ever-morphing F1 and sports car racing community is captured as well - complete with death's revolving door. If you enjoy auto racing or even if you just treasure a compelling, even-handed read of exceptional personalities who strive to achieve this one will not disappoint.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great story of Formula One in it's infancy! 4 décembre 2011
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I loved the book and found it very hard to put down. This book reminded me of how racing really was in those days before money took control. I will not attempt to rewrite parts of it here but instead just judge the story the book tells. I think it could have perhaps been better titled because the reference to the 1961 season led me astray in my expectations a little bit but if anything, I would say it was even better than I expected! It is impossible to compare today's racing and drivers to that of the 50's and 60's! Until this book, I don't think I ever fully appreciated Phil Hill or his accomplishments. Because of circumstances,he certainly never received his due, unless you could say that just surviving Formula One in those times was enough! I have never understood why Americans don't appreciate Formula One racing more. Driving at speed through left hand and right hand turns of various degrees and camber as well as up hill and down hill certainly requires more finesse than around and around a steeply banked oval!
If you want to relive those days of "Life and Death on the Grand Prix Circuit" you will love this book!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Good read 8 janvier 2016
Par Paul J. Meis - Publié sur
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I had the pleasure of living in Germany in 196 and seeing Phil race in Spa and the Ring. He has always been a hero of mine. The book is an excellent review of his life. Like many non Motorsport authors it overemphasizes risk and death. Phil Hill was not washed up by 1964, he raced well with Jim Hall's Chapparal team, and won important races.
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