The “sharknose” Ferrari was one of the most distinctive, charismatic and successful of all Grand Prix cars. In 1961, this beautiful design, with the nostril-like front end and potent V-6 engine, dominated the Grand Prix season and won the world championship. Its rear-engined layout confirmed that the days of the front-ended Formula 1 car were over, and its triumphs revived the reputation of the Ferrari racing team. In this car, Phil Hill became the first American to win the driver’s crown, the Italian Baghetti became the only man to win a Grand Prix at the first attempt, and the German count Wolfgang von Trips was killed at Monza on 10 September 1961, when the title was within his grasp. Ed McDonough’s book is the first detailed account of the short, brilliant career of the 156, and it should be fascinating reading and reference for everyone who is interested in motor racing and Ferrari.