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Format: Hardcover
I would have read this book in my own time, but the hyperbole and screaming headlines in the press, and reactions from those allegedly disrespected, prompted me to buy and read it quickly. After all, the single star reviews on Amazon were prolific and, if accurate, showed two surprising facts: 1) Sir Alex had betrayed the club; 2) there had been a sudden increase in the literary critique ability of the fans of other clubs. So I read it in three days - I had to as I could not put it down.

Sir Alex always maintained this was a book for the fans; fans who had remained steadfast with United and were owed an explanation of the gaps remaining in the journey of the last 26 years. And I found this was so. It is written in such a way as to be conversational, not great literary prose, but solid, honest words which every United fan would understand. He deals with his own errors of judgement and his drive to maintain a high standard, recognising early on that no man was greater than the club.

This is a book of Sir Alex's personal view of his time in charge and he lays everything out for a reader to digest. His dealings with Keane, Beckham, van Nistlerooy and his comments about Gerrard, Chelsea, Liverpool and all the rest from the headlines were not as reported. Even Wayne Rooney would find more praise than he may deserve - though he remains on the brink of becoming one of The Manchester United Greats, should he chose to [I hope he does]. I found the comments full, sound and robust, but not unfair. This is not a book about training methods and the technicalities of the game, though there are enough references as to tactics of particular games, or years, but a filling in of the gaps left unanswered from the last couple of decades.
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I didn't find this a riveting read. It has merit in that we get a retrospective
account of Sir Alex's view on players, games and how he manages people.

He would like us to believe that he is a canny judge of character, is an avid
reader and enjoys to chew the fat on a variety of topics. The narrative speaks
about a close knit family, an affection for players that tow the line and a mix
of criticisms of players and himself.

One has to admire Sir Alex's frank approach, yet his reference to players as
boys or lads is clearly patronising. He lets the reader know that part of his
success lies in management by fear and discipline. His main weapon being
punishment. That of removing the right to play being the primary weapon.

Throughout the book, one has to remember that the writer is providing the
reader with Sir Alex's take on proceedings. While it tells us about the man, this
obviously doesn't help with objectivity. Wise words from a successful and sage
manager do not permeate. We read his candid views, as is. Take it or leave it,
with a pinch of salt. Consequently, criticisms from people he has a go at, are
inevitable from the sensitive.

I never gained the impression from the book that Sir Alex was anything but
a sombre, melancholic man, focused on his will to win. He chose his team
of followers to manage the coaching, scouting and information flow and
between them they plotted and planned the downfall of competitors and the
recycling of players to improve the chances winning. Authority, respect,
compliance and loyalty is absolute in the Ferguson factory.
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Format: Hardcover
This is not really an autobiography. It is more of an explanation for things that have happened to him or he has done through his life and career. As a result it really does compliment his autobiography My Life of about 2009 (that is much more an autobiography than this). It makes you realise what the papers say he said about Keane or Gerrard etc in this book is not what he says at all. Read the book, not the papers! it tells stories of Ferdinand, Keane and many others and why he did what he did. it is a book that has integrity and honesty. It is also a really good read. I would suggest a must for any football fan. Worth looking out for the updated version published a year or so after his retirement. SUPERB.
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Format: Paperback
A remunerating read, with a genuine knowledge into the psyche of a standout amongst the best directors in current football. Having perused some negative surveys and remarks with respect to the book, I was expecting something very surprising. For me, the book had a positive vibe, with Ferguson thinking back on his time with affection and his commonplace mind. It was sublime to peruse his musings and thoughts, and to perceive how somebody who shows up so certain and confident can likewise be exceptionally unsure and ailing in certainty. He reveals insight into numerous circumstances that happened in his time at Manchester United, and it was a joy to peruse all through.
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I had been looking forward to reading this for a long time. I'm not a Man U fan, but I'm fascinated by what they (he) did and how it was done. There are many interesting facts in the book but, to put it bluntly, it is poorly written. As a few other reviewers have noted, it jumps all over the place with a strange scattergun approach to any topic that left me feeling that it was, overall, just a massive collection of anecdotes stitched together rather randomly. A man of this stature would have had his story greatly enhanced by engaging one or more professional writers. Just as he starts telling a story that sounds interesting he'll suddenly be reeling off a whole pile of facts about other players and things that just detract from the current theme, switching years and decades in and out. You think he'll go back to the theme, but no, it often seems like unfinished business, just a collection of thumbnail sketches.

On top of this, a great deal of what he writes could be written by anyone with a decent knowledge of the club. Constant references such as "we went to Wimbledon and won 3-0 but Rooney was a bit off form" are not terribly exciting. In fact, you get far better analysis in the newspapers. These mundane facts litter the book and give us no real insight at all into what really goes on behind the scenes.

Nonetheless, all the anecdotes and side-stories are interesting and I never felt like not finishing it! Just don't expect him to stay terribly close to the chapter title or to any theme for any length of time or in anything other than superficial depth.
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