In 1979, Thierry Sabine invented the most difficult and punishing race in the world. It began quietly enough, but in just a few years it was transformed into an event of world stature. A combination of victories, effort, sweat, pain and floods of tears. Entrants were killed and many were the controversies. Through the stories of some of the stars of the race across the Sahara, Beppe Donazzan tells of its progress. From Thierry Sabine to Cyril Neveu, from Gaston Rahier to Franco Picco, from the triumphs of Edi Orioli to the sacrifice of Fabrizio Meoni, from Auriol to Peterhansel. And then there is the challenge between Porsche, Peugeot and Citroën, the attempts at the race by Princess Caroline of Monaco, the extraordinary success of Jutta Kleinschmidt, the only woman to dominate this impossible marathon. Right through to the nightmare of Al Qaida attacks and the event’s immigration to South America. The epoch of the African Dakar in a book of tremendous excitement.