Acclaimed analysis of the life and career of Formula 1's most successful driver - Michael Schumacher
Michael Schumacher is the outstanding Formula One driver of his generation and, statistically, the greatest ever. Gifted with a rare blend of superior ability and nerve that defines a champion, for 15 seasons he has left rivals trailing in his wake, winning an unprecedented seven world drivers' championships.
But he is a controversial figure, feared for his ruthless tactics, despised for using extreme methods in pursuit of his goals. THE EDGE OF GREATNESS examines Schumacher's entire career: from his first Grand Prix with Jordan to his Benetton world championships and his attempt to win back Ferrari's crown. It tells the story behind Schumacher's record five consecutive world titles, uncovers the secrets of how he has stayed at the top for so long and examines the impact of his domination on the sport. Frank, honest, adroit and in-depth - James Allen reveals the anatomy of a champion.
'it is the one book devoted to Schumacher that [Lewis] Hamilton would be advised to read' - Daily Telegraph
'high octane enjoyment' - Manchester Evening News
'a well-rounded and thought-provoking look at [Schumacher]' - F1fanatic.co.uk
'James pulls no punches while revealing the brutal and generous sides to this great champion' - Scottish Sunday Post
'a real winner' - Herald Sun
'Allen uncovers a more complex figure beneath...Fascinating' - Sun Herald
'Allen hedges his bets on the controversial crashes that tainted Schumacher's reputation, but uncovers a more complex figure beneath' - The Advertiser
'Renowned F1 commentator James Allen cleverly dissects the mind of the world's biggest sporting superstars to answer some age old questions...A must for budding sports psychologists' - Inside Sport
James Allen is familiar to millions in the UK and around the English-speaking world as the lead commentator for ITVs Formula One coverage. He has worked in the sport as a journalist and broadcaster since 1990. James replaced Murray Walker as the voice of motorsport in 2001 and, through his extensive work for the Financial Times, has established himself as one of the most authoritative writers in Formula One. In 1995 he co-wrote Nigel Mansells bestselling autobiography THE PEOPLE'S CHAMPION.