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BOOK REVIEW

‘The Limit’ by Michael Cannell

By John Wilwol
Globe Correspondent / November 14, 2011

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Michael Cannell’s exhilarating new book “The Limit: Life and Death on the 1961 Grand Prix Circuit’’ chronicles that risk of auto racing through the lives of two legendary competitors vying for supremacy beneath the jealous eyes of a dark automotive overlord. Its pages are filled with tales of nationalistic ardor, devil-may-care bravura, and gallows humor. And there are wrecks. Grisly, spectacular, pyrotechnic wrecks.

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THE LIMIT:

Life and Death on the 1961 Grand Prix Circuit

By Michael Cannell

Twelve, 318 pp., illustrated, $25.99