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The Limit

Nonfiction: Sports Biography
Unabridged   8.25 hour(s)
Publication date: 11/07/2011

The Limit

Life and Death on the 1961 Grand Prix Circuit

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Audio CD ISBN:9781611746235
Digital Download ISBN:9781611746242


The true story of the first American to win the Grand Prix title, with vivid accounts of the glamorous—and deadly—world of motor racing circa 1961.

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Product Description

Phil Hill, a lowly California mechanic who, defying all expectations, became the first American to win the Grand Prix championship. In the tradition of Seabiscuit and The Right Stuff, Cannell’s high-octane narrative evokes the lives of the daredevils who tempted fate each Sunday by driving well over 150 mph without benefit of seat belts or roll bars.

Written with the pacing of a novel, The Limit pits Hill against his Ferrari teammate, German Count Wolfgang Von Trips, as they jockey for the top spot throughout the 1961 season, culminating in one of the deadliest races in Grand Prix history. The Limit captures a distinct moment when men the world over were driven to push the boundaries of the possible.


“Fred Stella’s worldly sensibilities and ease with European languages bring Old World nostalgia to the traditions and culture that make this story so rewarding.”

“Cannell’s full-throttle epic leaves you breathless.”
      —Publishers Weekly [HC starred review]

“A crisply written, effectively compelling chronicle.”
      —Kirkus Reviews

“A roaring zip. . . . Ostensibly about a single Grand Prix season The Limit is also a biography of a man whose ambition and fascination with technology embodied America’s post-World War II ethos.”
     —The Daily Beast

Author Bio

MICHAEL CANNELL has written about sports for the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, Sports Illustrated and Outside, and was editor of the New York Times House & Home section for seven years. His previous book, I.M. Pei: Mandarin of Modernism, was critically acclaimed.