As you will no doubt have read elsewhere in this special edition of the autosport.com journal, Michael Schumacher's career has been one of tremendous contrasts. It's entirely fitting, then, that this should carry over to the books that have been written about him.
Statistically, Schumacher has produced the greatest career in Formula One history and he has done it during an era that has seen the most comprehensive media coverage ever. The sheer volume of books that form an unsteadily teetering tower beside me as I type is not, therefore, a surprise. Neither is the fact that they all suffer from the same problem.
For all the hundreds of thousands of words - probably millions, actually - they all fail to answer the same fundamental questions. As the media becomes ever more sophisticated, so does the PR machinery designed to filter the information that is eventually transmitted.
The result of all this is that I have any number of titles that I can reach for if I want to look up some statistics (never happens - stats bore me), or find a generic quote from Ross Brawn or Jean Todt in the aftermath of, say, their successful 2000 championship. If I want to know something about Michael as a man though, I'm going to struggle.