The Limit: Life And Death On The 1961 Grand Prix Circuit by Michael CannellThe Limit: Life And Death On The 1961 Grand Prix Circuit by Michael Cannell

The Limit: Life And Death On The 1961 Grand Prix Circuit

byMichael Cannell

Paperback | December 4, 2012

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In THE LIMIT, Michael Cannell tells the enthralling 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 daredevils for glory on Grand Prix tracks across Europe. Facing death at every turn, these men rounded circuits at well over 150 mph in an era before seat belts or roll bars-an era 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 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 soigne and cool-headed German count Wolfgang Von Trips (nicknamed "Count Von Crash"), and Enzo Ferrari, the reclusive and monomaniacal padrone of the Ferrari racing empire.

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 history.

Michael Cannell has written about sports for theNew Yorker, theNew York TimesMagazine,Sports IllustratedandOutside, and was editor of theNew York TimesHouse & Home section for seven years. His previous book, the critically acclaimedI.M. Pei: Mandarin of Modernism, was published in 1995 by Crown.
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Title:The Limit: Life And Death On The 1961 Grand Prix CircuitFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:December 4, 2012Publisher:Grand Central PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0446554731

ISBN - 13:9780446554732

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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