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Bernie Ecclestone: King of Sport [Hardcover]

Terry Lovell
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4 Aug 2008
He is the man who created modern-day Formula One. He is both feared and admired for the way in which he masterminded its transformation from an amateur sport of the fifties into a global billion dollar industry of the 21st century. And now, with his GBP 2.5bn fortune, influence and power, Bernie Ecclestone has moved into the world of soccer with Renault F1 boss Flavio Briatore to turn Queen's Park Rangers, a struggling west London club, into a serious rival to the capital's glamour club, Chelsea.Overnight, QPR has access to more wealth than Real Madrid, able to compete with the cheque-book of Roman Abramovich, Chelsea's Russian billionaire owner. But what makes Bernie run? What lies behind the grim, poker-face of this deal-maker extraordinaire, who, for nearly forty years, has ruthlessly exploited and dominated Formula One? To many he became the saviour of the sport, but there have also been many who have suffered at this hands - the weak and the gullible, the politically naive and unsuspecting. They have a different story to tell." Bernie's Game" reveals the unbridled avarice, callousness and corruption behind the hype of Formula One - and the warts-and-all character of the man who is now setting his sights on a sport no less decadent. This is the true, astonishing story of the single most powerful man in world sport today.

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd; First Edition edition (4 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844546233
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844546237
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 15.2 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,061,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Confirms an impression of utter ruthlessness at work." --"Guardian" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Terry Lovell, a former national newspaper news editor and investigative reporter, is author of Bernie's Game, Number One Millbank, An Invasion of Privacy, and A Camera in Colditz.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Beware -reissue not original 20 July 2009
By josefk
Disappointed that neither Amazon or the publishers point out that this title is a rehash of the authors earlier book Bernie's Game. In fact it is exactly the same book with a few of the later chapters added to bring it up to date. If you already have the earlier book don't bother with this. The later chapters on QPR are barely about Bernie at all and have the feel of a real rush job. Very poor. This is one of those books where the author starts out with a preconceived idea and then states lots of unconnected facts before stating "there that proves it" when it does nothing of the sort. His grasp of modern business in naive in the extreme and leads him to see devilry where there is only normality. The constant regurgitation of the authors prejudices wear after a while and its hardly a riveting read and lacks depth and coherence.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Good Start 25 Sep 2011
This book started off really well telling Bernie's early life and how he got started on the Business Ladder. unfortunately in my opinion it then got bogged down too much in money matters, resulting in me not wanting to finish the book, which I didn't.
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3.0 out of 5 stars All About Motor Racing 30 Aug 2013
By sunnygirl - Published on
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I was really hoping to read about how Mr Ecclestone became a billionaire and I suppose I did.

The book is an indepth read about motor racing which is something that I have no interest in.

I did learn a little before putting it down but on the whole I wouldn't purchase again, if I had the choice.

It is a good and thorough book although not at all entertaining for me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting 6 Oct 2010
By Julio S. Quiroga - Published on
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Very interesting book if you want to know about Bernie's life and the F1 world. Although there is a football image in the cover, there is not much about that business in the book.
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