12,608 book reviews and counting...

Niki Lauda Reviews

Niki Lauda by Maurice Hamilton

Niki Lauda

The Biography

Maurice Hamilton

4.00 out of 5

3 reviews

Imprint: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Publication date: 14 May 2020
ISBN: 9781471192012

The most comprehensive biography of Formula One legend Niki Lauda ever published, written with the full support of his family

4 stars out of 5
20 Jun 2020

" Hamilton’s narrative masterfully sets the scene, establishes the cast and describes the action"

The book consists largely of long statements about Lauda transcribed from interviews, historic and recent. This unusual method may tempt future biographers to follow suit, easing their task by leaving a significant proportion of interpretation and synthesis to the reader. Hamilton’s distinguished contributors provide an informative, entertaining and sometimes eulogistic composite portrait of their fellow competitor, their idol, their pal. 


4 stars out of 5
Justin Marozzi
17 May 2020

"(a) thoroughly gripping biography"

Some of the most engrossing passages in this book, big on anecdote and reportage, have nothing to do with Lauda’s racing career. Hamilton, an unashamed fan, reveals a man who is far more riveting and intelligent than his ability to pilot an F1 car very swiftly around a circuit may suggest. This biography is a fitting tribute to him.

4 stars out of 5
5 May 2020

"there is more than enough to savour in Lauda’s singular character, especially his amusing bluntness"

Maurice Hamilton, a motorsport journalist, keeps us waiting for five chapters of a comprehensive, and I suspect definitive, biography of Lauda before plunging us into this extraordinary part of his life. Perhaps he wants us to see the man in the round, but I could barely wait to relive it all; the drama and the horror, the defiance and the courage. The story is all the more shocking for learning that Lauda, as reigning world champion for Ferrari, had attempted to lead a boycott of the notorious circuit where three drivers had already died that year. “The important thing is to get through it alive,” he had said on the eve of the West German Grand Prix, warning of fatalities.