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An Independent Man: The Autobiography [Kindle Edition]

Eddie Jordan
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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The hugely entertaining, and extremely candid, autobiography of one of the most colourful characters in motor sport

Eddie Jordan gave Michael Schumacher his first drive, and helped groom a whole series of drivers early in their careers, including Damon Hill and Martin Brundle. But he funded his first move into motor sport by selling smoked salmon well past its sell-by date to rugby fans leaving Lansdowne Road; when stopped for speeding by a policeman, he ended up selling him his car.

Jordan set up his own team, and moved into Formula One at the end of the 1980s. It wasn't long before the team began to pick up podium finishes, and in 1998 won its first race - a remarkable achievement on a comparatively small budget. The following year was even better, but sadly this was to be the peak, as the search for more finance and legal battles with sponsors hit hard. Eventually, in January 2005 he sold the team.

AN INDEPENDENT MAN goes behind the scenes to reveal the true personalities of the drivers Jordan worked with, and his battles with Bernie Ecclestone. It shows how, when so much money is involved, nothing is ever simple. His has been a life lived to the full, and his account is packed full of superb stories, colourful adventures and revealing tales.

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Irish PR Eddie will be in Dublin on 18-19 May to promote the book. Confirmed TV interviews: RTE LATE LATE SHOW on 18 May UTV GERRY MEETS on 24 May Confirmed Radio interviews: 2FM Sunday Sports Bag NEWSTALK 106FM Off the Ball. Magazines: 'At Home' feature in HELLO magazine Interview in EASYJET magazine June issue. Interview and extract in F1 RACING Press: Interview with THE TIMES on 16 May Syndicated interview with PA SPORT on 16 May TV: Interview on BBC SATURDAY KITCHEN on 11May interview on GMTV on 16 May Radio: Interview on BBC 5 LIVE Simon Mayo show on 16 May Inteview on BBC RADIO 2 Johnnie Walker on 16 May Interviews on BMI TALK TALK 16 May Syndicated interview on IRN stations 16 May interviews on a range of local BBC radio stations 16 May Online: Interviews with SKY SPORTS and BBC SPORTS ONLINE 16 May Events: Signing with Eddie at Waterstone's Leadenhall Market around publication. National Sporting Club lunch confirmed on 12 June.

Book Description

The hugely entertaining, and extremely candid, autobiography of one of the most colourful characters in motor sport

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5862 KB
  • Print Length: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (24 Feb. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004OBZNT4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #47,498 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book for the F1 fan 19 Sept. 2007
I am a keen fan of F1 especially the business side of it. When this appeared at my local library I was over the moon. I found myself reading chapters out of order, simply because I wanted to know too much, too quickly and hence rushed it. It is a good book however, I was left a little disappointed at how it had been condensed (blame the publishers)down into easy to read chapters, rather than giving the reader all the information and more besides. I felt that if the book had been twice the number of pages, it still wouldn't have been enough detail into his life and business dealings. I got the feeling he could have written a book each on his dealings with the main characters of F1.

So if you want a easy to read, disposable book then it fits the bill but to me it was too superficial and short and left me wanting more.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Although Eddie Jordan may appear like a fool on the BBC, he truly has achieved a lot. Although his book is a bit slow to start, when he gets to the racing part of his life (most of it)its really enjoyable. I only have two warnings to make, Firstly, make sure your awake as he will say 5 names in a sentence and you have to remember them for most of the book. Secondly, if your quite young reading this (under 20) make sure you know you F1 history as he will make references to drivers (and it only makes sense if you know they won the championship etc). (I should point out it only really goes up to 2007.)

Overall a really good read with a good insight into the life of being a F1 team owner.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ireland Goes Racing 6 Mar. 2011
I very much enjoyed this book. Not only has Jordan achieved an immense amount, he has done so with decency and respect for his colleagues and rivals. He writes with great warmth and honesty about so many people he could easily have slated. The book is not a classic, nor is it hugely detailed, but it is an excellent read which would be enjoyed by motor racing fans.

Jordan begins by describing how he started racing, how he suffered injuries in crashes, and how he persisted to a pretty high level before switching to running his own team. His team progresses, and eventually, he moves into F1. One of the things which stands out is the long list of personal relationships that he built with huge numbers of people - drivers, team members, competitors, sponsors, celebrities and royalty. I think that this is a mark of someone with a great love of people and friendship. Another thing which stands out is how he used his Irishness to approach motor racing in a different way to other teams, allowing him to achieve much more with significantly fewer resources, and to stand out from the crowd.

Jordan is a deal-maker, a wheeler dealer, a master networker, a marketeer of the first order, and someone with a real zest and energy for life.

As is normally the case with such high achievers, one gets the feeling that his family suffered from his absence, and he touches on this just once when he said that, after he had left F1, he told one of his daughters that he was a good dad, only for her to tell him that he had only just turned up. I think that it would have been nice to have learnt more about his family, but they are entitled to their privacy.

I strongly recommend this book. It is far from compendious on detail, but it conveys the passion, energy and spirit of Jordan and his F1 team very well. I think that a full history of Jordan and his racing life should be written by someone other than the main protagonist.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An honest and likeable man 27 Dec. 2007
By Kaz
Eddie Jordan doesn't pull any punches here, and it was very refreshing to see how things are for the smaller teams in F1.

I always admired the team's spirit and it was a real eye-opener at times - some of his conclusions at the end of the book really struck a chord with me.

All in all, a really good read for the F1 fan, and a book that will take pride of place in my collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A decent read for any F1 fan 21 Nov. 2010
By Mr S
I suspect I'm not the only F1 fan who bought Eddie Jordan's book as a result of him appearing regularly as a pundit on the F1 coverage - noticing some of the interesting input he is generally able to make as a former team owner, I was expecting an interesting read which would shed some light on what its like behind the scenes running an F1 team.

Thats probably how I would sum this book up - "interesting". Its not a classic, and there are a few moments where his story drags, but if you're an F1 fan and you're looking for a cheap read, you can't go too wrong with this one. Jordan is a character and a half and i some of his stories of just how much of a chancer he was at times make for quite an interesting read. One thing worth noting is that in his book, Jordan is arguably slightly less controversial than he has been as an on screen pundit, in terms of dishing out criticism that is (ie. when discussing most drivers that he had to sack/replace), so don't be expecting controversy from cover to cover.

The people who will almost definitely enjoy this book most are those who were hooked on Formula 1 during the Schumacher/Hakkinen era, as this book will no doubt bring back some great memories.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An rnjoyable read 22 Jun. 2010
By D. Richards VINE VOICE
not really a review, just a quick word on the book.

Eddie Jordan has written a very engaging book that reveals much about formula 1,in terms of both the public image and its back room goings on. Its very easy to read and I found that my respect for Eddie and his honesty had gone up by the time I finished it.
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