Michael Cannell: The Limit



Yracing as it should bedangerous Exciting The story of Don Hill and his xperience racing in Formula 1 cars before driver safety was an issue No seat belts no roll bars and fire always a problem as many drivers were Chastity engulfed in flames after the gas tankxploded Mr Hill was one of the lucky few to live through his career An Experiential Learning engrossing read please The author calls this book novelistic nonfiction and I think that s perfect Cannell tells a riveting story about Formula One racing in the 1950s and 60s by following two racers in particular Peter Hill and Wolfgang von Trips both of whom raced primarily for Ferari I m not much of a racingnthusiast although I always suspected NASCAR couldn t hold a candle to these guys and now I m sure I m right about that but The Limit gave me an appreciation for the skill of the Formula One drivers the way they risked their lives and the lives of spectators Die Neurobiologie des Glücks every time they took the track and how Formula One racing sort of played out the greater fears of Europe at that time as the continent tried to heal from WWII and If I were inclined to be snarky it would beasy to pick holes The reference to 180 degree first corner at Monaco Gasometer it s actually the last corner or the comment about the Sharknose Ferrari with it s 450BHP V6 A Final Story: Science, Myth, and Beginnings engine I m not surexactly how much power it was putting out but given that six years later Cosworth struggled to get 400BHP from their DFV despite the fact it was twice the size I d guess not than 200BHP Michael Cannell is not a racing journalist and as someone who grew up with the sport in the background from the age of about 5 this is sometimes glaringly obvious The thing is it s perhaps because of the outsider s perspective that he brings that this is one of a uite small number of books about motor racing I d recommend to people with no interest in the sport In fact as with the recent box office success Rush it might A New Philosophy of History even help if you aren t interested Cannell has described his approach as novelistic non fiction and it s an apt description of what he does The book centres on the story of America s first Formula 1 World Champion Phil Hill and his rivalry with his team mate the German Count Wolfgang Von Trips But it s not so much a book about the nuts and bolts of who won what races as an insight into what drew a certain kind of individual to compete in a sport which at that time had a frightening fatality rate of the 21 drivers on the grid at Phil Hill s debut Grand Prix at Reims in 1958 8 would die behind the wheel of a racing car Cannell focuses on the fact that for all that both Hill andspecially Von Trips were born into considerable wealth and privilege they both had difficult upbringings Hill never got on with his parents described in the book as functioning alcoholics who rowed incessantly and were dismayed when their only son dropped out of college to go work as a mechanic Von Trips found himself drafted at the age of 16 to clear bodies out of towns ruined by the bombing of the Rhineland fought briefly at the Belgian front and fled his castle in the face of the invading US army he later returned there and apparently got on well with the GIs stationed at the castle This might go some way to Abortion, Choice, and Contemporary Fiction explaining a fatalistic attitude towards sudden violent death than most Indeed reading this book I couldn t help thinking that it was only the context of twonormously brutal World Wars which allowed for a cul. Devils for glory on Grand Prix tracks across Europe Facing death at Lexikon der Medizin-Irrtümer every turn these men rounded circuits at well over 150 mph in anra before seat belts or roll bars an ra when drivers were crushed burned and beheaded with unnerving regularity From the stink of grease smothered pits to the long anxious nights in lonely European hotels from the tense camaraderie of teammates to the trembling suspense of photo finishes THE LIMIT captures the 1961 season that would mark the.

I loved this ra of Formula one racing and Le Mans too The 1950s was one of the most dangerous times during the history of motor racing This book delves into the life of American F1 hero Phil Hill German hero Wolfgang Von Trips and car designer Enzo Ferrari who had both the racers on his Big Little Man elite motor racing teamIt is buzzing withxcitement and The Man from Beijing eye witness accounts of many fatal crashes including Le Mans 1955 Old time greats come into this historical account I honestly could not put this book down It was a creaking read If you love the history of Motorsports you llnjoy this Smashing read I have not Creating Lasting Value enjoyed anything like this in a long timeCA Powell The Last Days of Thunder Child As a new fan to F1 this wasn t as much as a book about the Phil Hill vs Wolfgang Von Trips for the 1961 championship as it was a primer on thera I didn t know how any of the races would turn out or which drivers weren t going to make it so this book was full of surprises I recognized a few of the names but that was about it Michael Cannell manages to cover a lot of different stories and characters during this dangerous Understanding Markets and Strategy era and makes it all very accessible It s not a knock on his writing at all but a compliment to the clarity to brings to all these storylines I don t think it d be a boring readven if you knew the history It isn t that technical at all and plays out very much like a dram The Limit was nothing short of a fantastic bookSome have criticised it for some Montana Dreams errors and yes as a fan of Formula 1 you can see that there are a few but this book was written by an outsider of the sport someone who doesn t have a great interest in it and that helps capture the storyven The fact that a non fan can be captivated by the stories of Phil Hill and von Trips shows how great a story it really wasThe author manages to get through just how dangerous F1 was at the time you realise just how dark a period the 50 s and 60 s was in the sport How death was a constant companion and how most of the drivers faced it Immerwelt - Der Pakt each time they stepped into the cockpit of their car The accidents they would witness such as the one Phil Hill witness in front of his veryyes at le Mans are bought to life in stark reality You have such a renewed respect for these men that risked their lives just to go fast in an Modern South Asia era were safety and protection was so basic and limited there may as well have been none what sover And the fact that these same men witnessed their team mates friends and rivals die week in and week out and would drive passed the accident time and time again both fascinate and horror the readerThe fact that the 1961 season Picture Theory ended in such tragedy was not unusual it was however a shame that a very worthy champion was pushed aside because he was forgotten by the bigger story and he was therefore deemed an unworthy champion by many as he won it on the grounds of his chief rivals death at the last minuteDespite therrors the mistakes are few and far between and one can look passed these because ultimately it captures the Ancestral Voices essence of the sport in a deadly time where nobody knew from one lap to the next whether them or their friends would make it back to the start finish line without serious injury or not at all The book is therefore a testament and tribute not only to Phil Hill and von Trips but also tovery driver who raced with death and And Bid Him Sing especially to those who never made it back around the track Amazing stor. In THE LIMIT Michael Cannell tells thenthralling story of Phil Hill a lowly California mechanic who would become the first American born driver to win the Grand Prix and on the fiftieth anniversary of his triumph brings to life a vanished world of glamour valor and daring With the pacing and vivid description of a novel THE LIMIT charts the journey that brought Hill from dusty California lots racing midget cars into the ranks of a singular breed of men competing with dare.

Ture in which death was considered routine in what is after all merely a sport Having said that a recent Aristotle Detective (Aristotle encounter with AE a few months in which I woke up on a stretcher after a cycling accident with no idea how I d got there back left me thinking that there are worse ways to go The death and danger is sometimes slightly overplayed the reference to James Dean s fatal car crash seemed beside the point and a number of other drivers are introduced into the narrative seemingly mainly in order to recount the manner of their demise and Monza was never known as the death track any than the Nordschliefe was known as the graveyard A Rush solecism that one Lurking in the background is the would be opera star and by this account at least frustrated prima donna Enzo Ferrari He described himself once as an agitator of men with no greatngineering or driving talent of his own he was undoubtedly for a time very good at drawing together those who did have such ability and playing them off against Bones, Clones, and Biomes each other to his own benefit A complex character who deserves his own book and of course has several I recommend Richard Williams biographyAs a tale of two sports stars who for all that they were not uite among the greats were accomplished and intriguing complex personalities and the day before yesterday world they inhabited Cannell s observation that their jet setting on the road lifestyle was than a little like that of rock stars ten years later was well made I thought it s well worth a read I m not a car racing guy but this is a really interesting story about how ridiculously dangerous formula one racing was in the 50s and 60s was for racers went 180 mph and didn tven wear seat belts and for spectators who were pretty routinely killed when cars and parts thereof would go hurtling off the track the book focuses on a couple of drivers one being phil hill still the only american to Bringing the Empire Home ever win the formula one racing championship just the kind of fascinating non fiction book that i like A car gets me from one place to another and as long as it works I am happy So one might wonder why I was attracted to read this book It jumped off the new books non fiction shelves at the library because I had heard the author interviewed on NPR and thought it would be interesting to read The book is supposed to be about Phil Hill a race driver who grew up in Santa Monica California But it is a story of many race car drivers and also of Ferrari The booknds with the 1961 Grand Prix Circuit and the rivalry created by the press and Ferrari I thought the book was very well written and I njoyed the chapters describing the lives of certain race car drivers More photos would have been a plus but there were some and they nhanced the understanding of the race driver I recommend this book to anyone who is curious about what it was like to race cars when many drivers died while driving Building the Cold War eitherandor because of vandalism on the course poor design of the car or poor driving abilities Many spectators died too because of cars careening into them or into the stands where they were But the story isn t about death so much as it is about the individual drivers and how they came to be race car drivers While I m not a huge sports fan and have no real interest in motor sports at all I can t deny that The Limit is a thrilling read and a genuine page turner Michael Cannell s retelling ofvents surrounding the 1961 European. High point of Hill's career It brings readers up close to the remarkable men who surrounded Hill on the circuit men like Hill's teammate and rival the soigné and cool headed German count Wolfgang Von Trips nicknamed Count Von Crash and Enzo Ferrari the reclusive and monomaniacal padrone of the Ferrari racing mpire Race by race THE LIMIT carries readers to its riveting and startling climax the final contest that would decide it all one of the deadliest in Grand Prix histo.

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Michael Cannell is the author of three non fiction books Incendiary The Psychiatrist the Mad Bomber and the Invention of Criminal Profiling; The Limit Life and Death on the 1961 Grand Prix Circuit and IM Pei Mandarin of Modernism Michael edited the House & Home section of The New York Times for seven years He has contributed to The New Yorker Newsweek Sports Illustrated and many ot