And he did it with a style, grace, nobility and sense of honour that were never seen before or since. Fangio flourished in an era when racing was raw and romantic, Ascari, Moss, Farina, Brooks, Gonzalez, Varzi, Fagioli, De Portago, Castelloti, Musso, Schell, Collins and Hawthorn - larger than life characters one and all, and all of them beaten by Fangio, who was also left to mourn the deaths of far too many of them. One of the most charismatic sportsmen of all time, Fangio: The Life Behind the Legend is a marvellously fitting tribute to a truly iconic figure.
Gerald Donaldson has been covering Formula One racing for many years. Highly respected as a newspaper and magazine journalist and a radio and TV commentator, he has also written and edited several internationally acclaimed books about the sport, including the recently published Formula 1: The Autobiography. His bestselling biographies of Gilles Villeneuve and James Hunt - regarded as the finest ever accounts of drivers' lives - are now available in Virgin Books paperback editions.