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The Art of War – Five Years in Formula One is the first contemporary account from inside Formula One and the first to be presented in the form of a comic book.

In his foreword to the book, Max Mosley, former President of the sport’s governing body, writes “This account of Adam's life behind the scenes of Formula One is written with little commentary, relying on the story itself to bring out insights. It is the first such account of the sport. It will fascinate those who follow Formula One closely but it will perhaps be equally interesting to those who study human behavior and business.”

The author, Adam Parr, came from outside the sport to run one of Formula One’s longest-standing and most loved teams: Williams. Finding the team in great difficulties, both on and off the track, Parr set out a strategy for recovery and implemented it over the following five years.

These were extraordinary years. The sport expanded from 17 to 20 races, adding events in Singapore, Spain, Abu Dhabi, Korea and the United States. At the same, most of the teams changed hands as most of the major car manufacturers pulled out in response to the financial crisis. Meanwhile, Williams diversified its business, steadily improved its finances and became the first to become a public company.

The final piece of the jigsaw was to get back to the front of the grid, which happened just six weeks after Parr stood down as chairman.

Parr documents both success and failure with brutal honesty and describes the intense competition on and off the track that makes Formula One such an extraordinary sport.

What they say about the book:

"Presented in unique comic book format, the former CEO and chairman of Williams provides a completely different but extremely absorbing insight into the behind-the-scenes power plays that have shaped the sport over the last five years." Tom Cary, The Telegraph

“…a most unusual insight into the sport. I recommend it highly.” – Joe Saward, F1 writer

"…a thoroughly inspired piece of work…it captures a very interesting period in the history of Formula 1 and provides a unique insight and record of what went on, I know because I was there myself for quite a lot of it." – GL, Amazon.co.uk

"A health warning: You won't be able to put this book down!…I felt like I'd been given back-stage passes to a great gig – and believe me F1 is some gig!" – Mejstone, Amazon.co.uk

"The story…is retold with brilliant vividness…illustrates what goes on behind closed doors in Formula One in a way that normal prose simply couldn't achieve" – British American Writing, Amazon.co.uk

"a fascinating insight into behind-the-scenes F1 power play…much enjoyed" – Andrew Benson, BBC

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 39736 KB
  • Print Length: 84 pages
  • Publisher: Adam Parr; 2 edition (24 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by:  Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AO7IL4Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled

Customer Reviews

F1 Memories

2 people found this helpful.
 on 16 December 2012
By Franklin
As a long time fan of F1, and especially the Williams team, I was very gratified to see this inside story of the machinations going on benind the scenes. Adam has worked well with his illustrator. I know what most of these people look like, and the drawings fall somewhere between portraits and caricatures, all individuals. This would not be suitable on Kindle: the impact of the graphics in the large format would be lost. Very enjoyable, as well as telling of great frustrations.

Inventing a new genre

6 people found this helpful.
 on 3 December 2012
By RobynS
I should declare two interests. I am not an F1 fan. And I know and admire the author as a businessman. I started the book hoping for some pithy insights into the most challenging of corporate roles, delivered with Parr’s usual wit. I finished with an abundance of these. To my surprise, I also turned the last page with an interest in F1 that years of being exposed to the sport through friends in the industry had failed to generate.

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