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Winning Is Not Enough [Kindle Edition]

Sir Jackie Stewart
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"A great read." --"Smithfield Herald"

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Quite simply, the autobiography of a true international sporting legend and renowned businessman

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 867 KB
  • Print Length: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; Reprint edition (24 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JJMK40G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too much Product Placement, not enough Racing! 3 Mar 2011
Format:Hardcover
Others have said the same, but having just finished this very lengthy book, I also felt unsatisfied. The first third about his childhood and racing career is very good, albeit sometimes lacking real insights that appear in the very best sports biographies (like Graham Thorpe's brutally honest autobiography). After that it seems like Sir Jackie is primarily interested in providing an extended commercial for all those companies, royalty & celebrities he has been involved in for his 60 odd years. Some of this, like his car development work for Ford is genuinely interesting, but much of the rest comes across as rather gratuitous plugging and endless name dropping. An example - he can't just stay at a Hotel, its the Ritz Carlton. Every reference has a capitalized name associated with it, every name has an accompaniment like "brilliant actor", "wonderful businessman", or a lengthy royal title - always given in full every time.

To be honest, Stewart was never one of my favorite drivers and I found his acknowledgment of the late Denis Jenkinson a little sour given that Jenks spent so many column inches dismissing many of Stewart's ideas on safety. Clark was my first hero, then mainly the Lotus drivers that followed him like Ronnie, Mario & Emerson, but I was really interested in Stewart's take on an era where so many of the true greats are no longer around to tell their tales. After the racing period, with the exception of the PSR section, I found it a chore that I felt I had to finish to see if there was some great nugget buried in the text. Having said that, some of the odder chapters came close - especially the one on his dogs, but then I am a dog owner and could empathise.

So, if you want good racing stories, stop reading when he retires.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Well-written, but curiously unsatisfying 22 Nov 2007
Format:Hardcover
This autobiography (and, for once, it really was written by the man himself, no ghosting here I think) is a very well written account of John Young Stewart's entire life. By that I mean that we don't just get the racing career. The book includes a long section on how his parents met and set up their garage business (well before Jackie Stewart's birth) Jackie's early life at school (not happy...), his brother's racing career, his early sporting success at clay pigeon shooting, racing, then business, endorsements, testing Ford cars, his family, Rolex, his friends (oh so many... mostly famous), setting up Paul Stewart Racing, Ford, moving into F1 again as Stewart Grand Prix, Rolex, his dogs, his friends, charity work, his son's illness, Ford, his brother's illness, his dog's illness, getting suits cut to fit over a Rolex, his friends, etc etc etc.

So why only three stars for such a chunky and comprehensive book? Well, I'm a petrolhead. Yes, I know, limited horizons perhaps, but I'm guessing that some people buying this book might (as I did) hope for more about the actual racing life, and the time spent within the team and behind the wheel. You notice how the racing career gets a little lost in that list I cobbled together above? Well, that's a little like the way the book comes across too. His racing doesn't really get going before about a quarter of the way into the book, and by half distance he's shown it the black flag and gone on to other things. Even within that section there are curious holes in the narrative. Where did the 1967 season go, for instance? During this year JYS was lumbered with the infamous BRM H16 powerplant, a unit on which his scathing "anchor for a ship" comment has passed into legend. But we get very little about just why it was so bad.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing read 25 Oct 2007
Format:Hardcover
I expected this book to be a standard motor racing autobiography but it is much more than that. It arguably the best autobiography ever written by a racing driver and I have read most of them. In fact it is a highly absorbing read. And it is, for the most part, a very honest book.
Unusually, for this type of book, Sir Jackie wrote it himself without a ghost writer and it is all the better for that. And it is not only about motor racing it is about life in general with lots of self-help and business advice included. It is also quirky with a chapter on Sir Jackie's dogs that cannot fail to move anyone to tears. Anyone who buys this book - or gets it for Christmas will be totally delighted.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Superb Autobiography 2 Jan 2008
Format:Hardcover
As a fan of Formula 1 (though not fanatically so) and having lived through the Jackie Stewart era I suggested to my wife that this book would be a nice Christmas present. It duly appeared on the 25th beneath the tree and yesterday I finished reading it. To say I found it a fascinating and absorbing autobiography (and that is what it really is with not a ghost writer in sight) is a gross understatement. Certainly Sir Jackie covers his glory years in F1 in some detail but the book is much more than that. As a statement of belief from a man who has made a great success of his life despite early, and serious, deficiencies it is without parallel. I would recommend the book to any thinking person be they a fan of motor sport or no.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been so much better 8 Jan 2013
Format:Paperback
This book had the potential to be brilliant with Jackie Stewart having raced in such dangerous times and having done so much to change the sport for the better over the years and then in later life having set up and run a new team.

Starts off really well but when his F1 career finishes it starts to turn into an award acceptance speech and an advert for the Mayo Clinic, big long lists of people to thank and attendees at charity events. There is a time and a place for these things and if less space had been given to these bits we could have had a much better memoir. Reading the last chapter felt more like a chore to finish the book.

The first half of the book is brilliant, what a shame this didn't follow through into the second half.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars I'm a three time Formula One world champion but more importantly I...
Nice autobiography but would have loved to read more about his exploits on the race track and his interactions with his fellow drivers. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Strider
5.0 out of 5 stars Jackie on life as well as motor racing
Jackie's thoughts on life are quite profound. As I read the book, I often found myself thinking: "You're right, I wish I had thought of that at the time! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Frank Leguen
5.0 out of 5 stars great story
this is by far the best book ive ever read. im a motor racing nut but you don't have to be to enjoy this
Published 5 months ago by Mr. J. Oxley
3.0 out of 5 stars Name-dropping
I’m not a big fan of Formula one but I am of people involved in the death-defying racing of those cars, who made a success of their lives – and Sir Jackie Stewart certainly did... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mr. R. D. M. Kirby
1.0 out of 5 stars Self centred and therefore dreadfully boring
I like reading biographies and aotubiographies about anyone in various spheres and have read and have many. Read more
Published 8 months ago by paw1944
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book.
This book gives a great insight into the world of racing. The dangers, the heartbreaks and the elation of winning. Read more
Published 12 months ago by D.S.Whittingham
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
This book is really fantastic - enjoyable reading and packed with great stories and insights into F1 and Sir Jackie himself. Well worth getting.
Published 14 months ago by Justin
3.0 out of 5 stars A man too self-aware
No denying that the man had driving skill, made a huge contribution to safety and of course to his bank account. Read more
Published 19 months ago by FULLSTOP
5.0 out of 5 stars Astounding
I bought this to get signed at autosport international show by the man himself, have started reading it and what a wonderful part he played in the sport so many of us adore. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Craig Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars "Winning is not Enough" is not just a casual pun
It's a theme that runs right through the core of an autobiography of a man, Jackie Stewart, who was far more than just a world champion. Read more
Published on 8 May 2012 by Lord Anon
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