Read The Life of Senna: The Biography of Ayrton Senna by Tom Rubython Keith Sutton Online


This is an illustrated account of Formula One driver Ayrton Senna's life. It examines every detail - from his early days, to his first race and on to his world championships to his pole positions and finally his death and its aftermath....

Title : The Life of Senna: The Biography of Ayrton Senna
Author :
Rating :
ISBN : 9780954685706
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 640 Pages
Status : Available For Download
Last checked : 21 Minutes ago!

The Life of Senna: The Biography of Ayrton Senna Reviews

  • Ana
    2019-03-13 14:13

    “You think you have a limit. As soon as you touch this limit something happens and suddenly you can go a bit further. With your brain power, your determination, instinct and experience you can fly very high.”There was a time when I was obsessed with cars. I've loved cars ever since I was little. It all started with a Barbie Corvette Pink Sports Car. I was a racing legend (in my own mind). I fell in love with Formula 1 later in life, fangirling over Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso. I'd heard of Ayrton Senna, of course. I knew he had a tragic crash. But that was all I really knew. I had no idea how good he was. After watching the excellent 2010 movie 'Senna' - I had no choice but to stalk Goodreads for a good biography. Murray Walker once said, 'He was a man like no other man I had ever met before. He was almost a mystic. He was very, very intense. He could be absolutely charming. But there was another side to his character. He was absolutey ruthless when he was in the cockpit. He actually believed that he had a God-given right to win.' He was indeed a fascinating character. Many consider him a deity. A tragic hero. A patron saint of racing. But he was much more complex than that. He was a kind and generous man who donated millions of dollars to aid needy children of Brazil. He was deeply religious. When fellow driver Eric Comas crashed, Senna risked his own life running across the track to help. When Roland Ratzenberger died, just one day before his own crash, Senna is said to have broken down and cried. He had a great compassion for other drivers. But at the same time, he would risk his life and the ones of the other drivers, because he couldn't stand losing. He was considered to be absolutely ruthless on the track. He had no fear. No one had ever demonstrated such speed, intensity and bravery. Certainly the other drivers, both retired and active, were shocked by Senna's ride-or-die attitude. Sir Jackie Stewart famously asked him about his 'reckless driving style.' To which he replied, 'By being a racing driver you are under risk all the time. By being a racing driver means you are racing with other people. And if you no longer go for a gap that exists, you are no longer a racing driver.' Yup. He didn't take shit from no one. It is impossible to talk about Senna without mentioning Alain Prost. It was the greatest rivalry Motorsport has ever seen. Senna Prost head-to-head battles were epic. Senna's mission in life was to annihilate Prost. As someone funnily said, he would have squeezed Prost off the track rather than let him pass. I stumbled upon this comment on youtube, I had to share it with you - Prost and Senna are like Tom and Jerry. They didn't always get along, and may even fight at times, but life would never be the same without the other. I think it describes their relationship perfectly. But what many people don't know is that the two made amends and reconciled before Senna's death. A couple of days before his tragic death, during a lap on the Imola track, Senna radioed from his car a message to Prost, saying "A special hello to our dear friend Alain. We all miss you, Alain." Prost has grown close to Senna's parents, and is a trustee at the Instituto Ayrton Senna, set up by his sister Viviane Senna. When he died, I said I felt a part of me had died also, because our careers had been so bound together. When people ask me who was the best driver I ever raced against, I say, “Senna, by a long way.” I look back on those days now and think to myself, “Why did we put ourselves through all that? Why did it have to get so venomous?” If we had to do it all again, I'd say to Ayrton, “Listen, we're the best. Between us, we can screw all the others!” He was a gentleman off the track. Soft-spoken and almost shy. On the track, he was the epitome of badass. If you saw that yellow helmet in the rearview mirror and you weren't strong, mentally and emotionally, you were in trouble. You might as well just stop you car and let him pass. One way or the other, he will outdrive you and make you cry like a little b**ch. The book doesn't reveal what caused his accident. If you expect a grand reveal, you will be greatly disappointed. No one knows what really happened. Most believe Senna's fatal crash was caused by a mechanical failure. Senna had trouble with the Williams car, that much is certain. He didn't feel comfortable in the new car. People close to him have indicated that he did not want to race that day. Indeed, the footage shows Senna looking nothing like his usual fearsome self. He gives off a vibe of being troubled and vulnerable. It was almost as if he knew that he might crash.The author spends much time describing Senna's personal life and his close relationship with his parents, sister and brother. The book includes several reminiscences including those from his girlfriend, Professor Sid Watkins, Ron Dennis and Alain Prost. It really goes into depth about the funeral, an estimated 3 million people lined the streets of São Paulo, considered to be the largest recorded gathering of mourners in modern times. He was only 34. The last chapter is about how his death changed the sport. And that is the deep irony of Ayrton Senna’s death: he has saved many other lives since in all categories of racing. He has also doubled the popularity of Formula One. And the effect of the publicity and drama that surrounded his death, and the money his memory has raised, have made literally thousands of poor homeless children in São Paulo happy, housed and fed again. Senna believed in God, not through the often-hypocritical church-going or public displays, but the basic believing. His death, at a similar age as Princess Diana when she died, had a reason and a meaning. He will always be remembered for what he was at that point; he will always be a legend; and his legacy will endure for many hundreds of years. And before that, he had a life of such pleasure to enjoy, and which he did enjoy, that he would have seen the value he got from God in his life.Ayrton Senna was many things. For many, he will rank as the greatest racecar driver in history. For some, he was a reckless rebel so obsessed with winning that he would risk a crash rather than be overtaken. One thing is for sure though, he is and will always be a legend. My last real memory of Ayrton is of him turning around to smile at me on the grid, as the drivers’ names were called out on the loudspeakers and the San Marino crowd cheered. It was the smile of a friend who was pleased to see the people’s support and love for me. That is the last thing I remember of him. - Gerhard BergerYou will never know the feeling of a driver when winning a race. The helmet hides feelings that cannot be understood.The next step of my F1 journey- Ayrton Senna: The Whole Story by Christopher Hilton. I'm not done with Formula 1 yet. If you’d like to share your favorite F1 books, please do so in the comments section. Recommendations are always welcomed.

  • Jeane
    2019-03-02 11:25

    I remember sitting under the table watching the race being 13 years old and first thinking it was just a crash like they happen in F1. Then not understanding well what was happening and just staring, tears in my eyes. The day after I went on a school trip for a week to the Ardennes and I still see the front pages of news when stopping for a break on the motorway. I felt so quiet.This book was in a calm way really nice to read because it seems to be written in a respectfull, beautiful way, while it also gives you facts about Senna as a person, driver. I don't see him as a saint who did everything right and was always right. But he was a driver and person in a completely different category in the world of F1 and till now, nobody has ever come near to who and what he was and did.Reading about what I saw that day, twenty-one years later was good, it felt good.

  • A Bald Mage** Steve
    2019-03-04 10:31

    A extremely in depth look into the Life of Senna from karting , His battle with Martin Brundle and of course the F1 and his Battles and troubles with Alain Prost... If you want a good book on Senna this is it.... 8/10

  • Bradley
    2019-03-13 09:27

    A lot of people don't like this biography about Ayrton Senna. Either because it was very late in coming, covers little outside those already on the market (Richard Williams - Death of Senna) & takes more time getting there, is very bias toward Senna, or Tom Rubython is a creepy man with a shady journalism history full of litigation. Anyway, a lot of that escaped me because I quite enjoyed it. Okay, yes, it is ridiculously bias, almost a bible of worship to the late great Ayrton Senna, but I was a fan of his back in the day and it provides a lot of interesting details about his life and the correlating events that happened after. Rubython did not write all this by himself, he squashed together his and other people’s work from an old magazine he used to be an editor for… There are some almost inexcusable printing errors, the title on the contents page is ‘The Lide of Senna’ and there is a picture of Senna at Monaco in his 1993 McLaren with the caption dating it as 1983…Regardless, it is a surprisingly enjoyable book to read and as far as I know no one has sued Rubython over it yet.

  • Clive Maddison
    2019-03-24 16:28

    This book is very well written and gives a detailed and personal view of an extraordinary man. I had no problem getting through this substantial work, but I have followed formula one for many years, including the tragic weekend when Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenburger were killed. I suspect that the book would appeal more to fans of the sport, the movie / documentary is aimed more at the general public who may not actually watch the racing. The book, however, gives much more of the man rather than just the racing driver.

  • Indah Threez Lestari
    2019-03-19 13:30

    222 - 2016Oh. Wow.Di tahun 1994 aku menangis sampai bercucuran air mata saat mengetahui Senna telah tiada.Dan sekarang, membaca kisah hidupnya, aku kembali bercucuran air mata saat tiba di kisah matinya.Hanya seorang Senna yang mampu membuatku tertarik mengikuti balapan F1 dengan setia, dan hanya karena ia telah tiada aku tidak lagi mengikutinya.Buku ini bercerita tentang Senna secara netral, baik dari kelebihan dan kekurangannya, kekuatan dan kelemahannya. Dan kebesarannya.This is one of the greatest men that I truly admire.

  • Chris
    2019-03-06 15:17

    Just a truly fantastic book. By the end of it, I felt I had known Senna his entire life, and for a book written by someone else, about a person who is dead, that is very very special! It took me 6 months to find something else to read after this because nothing could hold my interest after this incredible book.

  • Richard Melville
    2019-03-06 08:07

    A great book on one of the greats also really like the movie

  • Kristina
    2019-03-01 13:32

    Done thoroughly and with great respect for all concerned. The tragic events of Ratzenberger's death that weekend is looked at completely seperately to afford him the dignity he deserves. The authors also carefully consider all the theories and evidence for the cause of Senna's death without claiming to have a definite answer.Senna was undoubtably one of the world's greatest motor racers but this came at a price. He was single minded about winning and believed he should win, to the point that it excused any and all behaviour that brought him closer to that goal. He was too aggressive a driver to be a favourite of mine but I can't deny he was most likely the greatest.He comes across as quite a volatile personality, remembering events as he wishes to remember them and using people for his own purposes. Even when he invited the "love of his life" out he hedged his bets and invited some other girls as well.For a large book this has been well laid out so it's easy to read. It's split not only into seasons but also noteworthy events such as his feud with Prost. The downside of this is that the same thing can be reported twice in successive chapters making it sound slightly repetitve, especially when they repeat quotes.The new film seems to be this book brought to the screen. Or perhaps the essence of this book since it focuses on his Formula One career only.

  • Scott
    2019-03-22 14:19

    Excellent book (although there's a lot of bias). So much detail about the life of a legend. One thing that sticks out is the impact of Senna's death on the racing and the sport's history. Safety grew because of his death, but we are at the point now in 2017 that safety is overreaching. This is Formula One, it is suppose to be dangerous; that's apart of the allure the sport offers. The other impact of his death is Michael Schumacher's records. He probably would not achieved all of what he's achieved with Senna around.

  • Riccardo Paterni
    2019-03-14 13:06

    Te topic if the book is fascinating and it feels like decently researched, the writing swings from repetitive to straight boorish; in any case it's a read you cannot put does if you are a motor racing passionate. Senna's unique mystique springs up thought the book: his shear focus; his analytical and often cunning thinking; his total commitment joined by a totally self centered energy while in the cockpit (and this is a great skill for drivers). It is a must read if you want to become a better racing driver or if you truly want to understand what the really outstanding ones do...

  • Jack
    2019-03-23 11:28

    An insightful and broad writing of the life of the late great grand prix legend Ayrton Senna.The books gives an in-depth account of the entire life of Senna from growing up in Brazil and his first forays into motor sport in Europe to his life in the spotlight and ultimately his untimely death.Much has been written about Senna but this book stands up there with the best of them.I recommend this book.

  • Adam Bull
    2019-03-21 14:26

    Despite all the problems Brazilian's were suffering, this man provided them with something to celebrate. This book is the life story of this remarkable man, who meant so much to so many. He is a man the world revered and whose like will never be seen again.

  • Martyn Morgan
    2019-02-26 10:06

    I am very biased, he was probably one of the best drivers the world has ever known and this book is a very detailed history of his relatively short life. If you loved Senna then you will love the book, otherwise read it as a piece of history.

  • StyLuna
    2019-03-26 10:30

    Amazing book.

  • Steve Heyman
    2019-03-17 09:24

    Good book, well researched but way too much detail on the trial after the accident.

  • Haroon Ahmed
    2019-03-25 10:05

    Every time i thought about F1 Reminds me of senna and the book from Monza where legend died

  • Macneezee
    2019-03-07 15:20


  • Lynda Kelly
    2019-03-04 14:23

    This is like a Senna bible and a total brick of a book !!! Mine isn't a paperback either but a hardback but with this same cover.

  • Matt Peskett
    2019-03-24 10:27

    For the first three quarters of it you can get past the unbelievable bias of the author as it's a very interesting insight into F1 in the 80's and early 90's, Senna's life and how he got to the top. The last bit dealing with his death and the trial makes you feel a bit nauseous due to the authors, not even thinly disguised, hero worship and reluctance to actually question if Senna could have made a mistake at that final corner. Definitely worth a read.

  • Amanda Fletcher
    2019-02-27 09:17

    Overall a good read although occasionally a little repetitive. This book mainly chronnicles the life of Senna during his racing years, skimming over his childhood. It's biggest flaw is probably the very long chapter dedicated to the trial which followed his untimely death in 1994, although I suppose you can easily skip it if you'd rather not hear the technicalities.

  • Imar de Vries
    2019-03-23 11:07

    A thorough account of Senna's life and career, but poorly written; the book mostly enumerates factual statistics without much reflection, and suffers from a lack of final editing that would have given it a more coherent reading experience (especially the journalistic quality of sections on his love life are embarrassing).

  • Dane Sørensen
    2019-03-09 16:27

    The best thing about Tom Rubython is his thoroughness - he does his research, and it shows. The worst thing about Tom Rubython is everything else: Tom is a bloody terrible writer. I've spent the last two or so years combing through Fred Clark's musings on the Left Behind series, and having learned to recognise Very Bad Writing over there it was easy to spot in here. Tom's sins are diverse, but among the worst are dull and repetitive phrasing, sheer presumptuousness (he often does us the favour of explaining how Ayrton *really* felt about the women in his life, or how he could have won "100 Grand Prix" if he'd lived) and seemingly being paid by the word (even with Tom's Protestant research ethic this book could have killed half this many trees).Overall, I'd say only read it if you want the raw details of Ayrton's life, or if you want a shortcut to writing your own biography of him. See the movie instead.

  • Annie
    2019-03-03 13:15

    written by a gerbil on meth. the author switches topics every seven paragraphs for no apparent reason, jumps around in an already senseless timeline, and makes innumerable reference to either the impossible ('Senna understood the irony of his win, since by today's rules he would have lost.' who knew, he was psychic) or the downright ridiculous. it is unfortunate that so great an admirer as rubython could not learn this one most important lesson from so great a driver - focus.

  • Melissa Garner
    2019-03-19 13:22

    Ok book, lots of good info, not well written. The author bounces around too much, and repeats things multiple times.Hard book to read for me, the author repeated things a lot. Also it felt like he used too many words. Also the book felt choppy, didn't flow well.

  • Andrew Howell
    2019-02-28 16:07

    Very detailed book on the life of Senna. The chapter on his final lap and then death was amazing and very moving. But other parts of the book moved very slowly and often skipped around too much.