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5.0 out of 5 stars At last, a truly personal account of a racing career.
An excellent account of a remarkable racing career. Where most race driver biographies tend to be result records with the odd personal comment, this book generously reflects Nigels personal thoughts and values. His relations with team mates and team managers are described very personally and with much emotion. The book als covers more than just the racing (golf, karate)...
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Gospel according to Saint Nigel
Although meant to be taken entirely literally this book especially with its use of the personal pronoun all the way through is actual stupendously funny from cover to cover. In fact, at times it reads pretty much like a spoof. And this is mainly becasue the character of Mansell is totally lacking in irony or even the feintest trace of self deprecation. After a while one...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last, a truly personal account of a racing career., 31 Mar. 2003
An excellent account of a remarkable racing career. Where most race driver biographies tend to be result records with the odd personal comment, this book generously reflects Nigels personal thoughts and values. His relations with team mates and team managers are described very personally and with much emotion. The book als covers more than just the racing (golf, karate) which could be a bad thing. In this book, however, it just adds beautifully to the image the is created of a great driver.
I am really no great fan of Nigel's but after reading this book, my admiration and respect for him has skyrocketed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational ! You Won't Be Disappointed, 18 Feb. 2002
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Michael Davies "Mike..." (Cheshire, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Nigel Mansell: My Autobiography (Audio Cassette)
A truly inspirational account of self belief, determination and commitment.
Whether you are a fan of 'Our Nige'or not, after reading this you will have to agree that he more than deserved to win the F1 World Championship in '92.
Now stop wasting your time reading this and read the book !.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How to write an autobiography 101, 29 Dec. 2009
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JMC "JMC" (Porto, Portugal) - See all my reviews
I purchased this book quite a while ago, on sale, and only recently decided to have a look. I admired Mansell as a driver but his personality didn't came into play often, probably as I am not british. But the book, itself, is a reference as how to write an autobiography. Although a bit repetitive here and there, the open explanation of his feelings when dealing with the inners of the "Piranha Club" show that during the 80's and 90's F1 had a true gentleman aboard a Lotus, Williams or Ferrari and, what's more, completely able to have the job fully done. No difference between Nigel and the long remembered Clark, Brabham, Hill, Fangio and many others. A remarkable book, well balanced between personal feelings, technical details, political manouevers and unknown anecdotes. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, driving legend, 12 Nov. 2009
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Andrew Hill "FlyingAce" (Czech) - See all my reviews
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Nigel was driving in the days before PR managers and young driver schools. He pushed himself to the limits, and beyond, to get to where he knew he belonged. In to an F1 car. He then pushed some more to get in to a competative F1 car. Personally signed by Colin Chapman and Enzo himself, not a lot of drivers can say that.
I always like Nigels determination so I'm biased to enjoying this book very much. The details and stories of our Nige against the establishment reinforce the lengths he went to in order to succeed. It was a long and difficult battle, certainly not for the feignt hearted. Driving with considerable injuries would not be allowed today but he did so and triumphed.
Conquering F1 then the ovals of America is a feat few can match. There is good reason why people within F1 rate Nigel in the all time 10 ten. He was a great sportsman, lifting the British crowds at Silverstone and genuinely rising to the occasion to produce one of the most memorable finishes in his Williams. F1 now sorely misses personalities such as Mansell. At a time when cars where hugely physical to drive and racing in perhaps the greatest era he showed us all that determination and a hell of a lot of hard work can get you to the top. I have heard that there are fewer Formula 1 champions than Presidents of the United States. Truly an exclusive club. Truly a driving legend. And you don't see moustaches like that anymore.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nigel as we know him and love him., 25 Jun. 2009
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Roy Brookes "roybrookes" (Hamburg, Germany) - See all my reviews
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I am a fan and have lots of respect for Nigel Mansell. Considering he came from Birmingham "the boy done good" (I also come from Birmingham which is another reason I liked the book). Great stories of teams, managers, drivers and cars and good explanations of what drives him and how he drives. His love and respect for his wife also comes across strongly. NM is tough and a fighter and a big softie on the inside. There is a bit of everything here to delight any motorsport fan.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for all true Mansell.supporters, 17 July 2000
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Andreas Gauf "Andreas" (Europe) - See all my reviews
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Five stars, because Nigel Mansell is my all-time favourite racing driver. The book is a nice look inside the life of this man, who gave us phantastic races (remember Silverstone 1987). The lion, as he is called not only in Italy, has also written "Driven to Win", a second book not to be missed by his true followers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, 23 Jun. 2013
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Certainly changed my opinion of Mansell quite a lot - still not my favourite driver, but he deserves respect for what he did and how he did it. Worth reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great driver but the most bigheaded person on Earth EVER!!!!!, 17 Aug. 2011
The book is so very interesting but, as I had thought prior to reading it, he is the most big headed person in the world, ever. Just read it, you'll see!!! "I got Ferrari to get their act together"......he's talking about Ferrari, anyone know who Ferrari are!!!! He say's....." I took time and trouble to travel to Elf, let them all, even the cleaners, have the great pleasure and honour of meeting me. I told 'em all to lift their goal. Naturally they all obediently reacted to me and Elf finally made some decent fuel for me!!!!!!!!!!!!! Read it, it's totally unreal how one person can have such a high opinion of themselves. By the way F1 fans, we were all wrong and also history is wrong too. Us believing that Senna was so great, its actually not true really. Mansell will show that he himself is far better however, he does understand how we were all mislead!!!!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Gospel according to Saint Nigel, 8 Nov. 2013
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D. Sedgwick "DSedgwick" (Liverpool) - See all my reviews
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Although meant to be taken entirely literally this book especially with its use of the personal pronoun all the way through is actual stupendously funny from cover to cover. In fact, at times it reads pretty much like a spoof. And this is mainly becasue the character of Mansell is totally lacking in irony or even the feintest trace of self deprecation. After a while one starts to realise that Mr Mansell truly believes every word he says...which makes this a terrifically funny book - the guy simply does not do humility, irony or honesty...

It was Peter Warr who once stated that Mansell was nothing if not totally dishonest with himself and this book is dripping with self justification and an aversion to tackle anything detrimental to the fantasy that Nigel has weaved for himself. For example his years with Lotus where he was consistently outperformed over a four year period by Elio de Angelis are explained away by virtue of the fact that Peter Warr wasn't a Mansell fan. Furthermore, Mansell ignores the fact that when Senna replaced him at Lotus the team suddenly became winners overnight - Senna won his 2nd race with Lotus whereas Mansell had drawn a blank in four years!! And the Brazilian also demolished De Angelis within two races!! Mansell, though chooses not to consider these episodes as this would clearly smash his fantasy to pieces. In his own mind, Mansell was a far superior driver to Ayrton Senna...and it gets even worse...

In a chapter about his year driving alongside Alain Prost at Ferrari, Mansell tells us that he could have beaten the french quadruple world champion if it hadn't been for 'politics'. But what are these dark and sinister politics to which the whingeing brummie refers? Apparently Prost tried out Mansell's car at Silverstone and....well that's about it...the extent of Prost's dark arts was to try out Mansell's car. Poor Nigel, with a whole book in which to spell out clearly exactly how Prost's politics disadvantaged him so decidedly, all he can come up with is one example! Still our Nige reiterates throughout the book that he was certain he could beat Prost given equal treatment - what a shame he couldn't expand on this accusation - he only had a whole book in which to do so! So, Prost got to drive his car once and this from the man who tells us that he himself got to switch into De Angelis' car when things weren't going his way only through his relatioonship with his mentor Colin Chapman! Mansell's double standards are indeed staggering. Mansell tells us how brilliant he was at Silverstone and Estoril in 1990 and how much better than Prost he was...and the the other 14 Grands Prixs where he was annihilated by Prost? Guess what...Mansell goes all quiet and skips forward to 1991.

And so it goes on. It seemingly never occurs to Mansell that Prost and Senna were rather fantastic drivers and in a totally different class to our Nige. It really is laughable to hear this guy bigging himself up at every opportunity and the use of the "I" pronoun really doesn't do him any favours at all. I laughed out loud several times: Mansell is still very bitter about leaving Williams at the end of 1992 and can't resist attacking Prost, whom he blames for unseating him. What Nigel fails to tell us is that he was running scared and knew all too well that he would have received yet another thrashing from the frenchman had he stayed at Williams in 1993 - Mansell had every chance to stay at Williams in 93 and the team tried everything to get him to stay, but Mansell just cannot find it within himself to be truthful. Williams had a fabulous car which was going to walk the championship in 1993 and Mansell walked away simply because deep down he knew he could not compete with Prost.

And there's more. Mansell without even the slightest trace of irony proudly tells us how he set up his contract for 92 with Williams - remember this is the guy who reckons Ferrari disadvantaged him in 1990 so badly - Well he goes on to tell us how he demanded number one status in 1992 and how all the team;s resources were to be deployed at his command...effectively meaning that Williams were running Patrese in a B team in 1992 - and this from the guy who fights for fair treatment!!

Deluded, egotistical, infuriating, ungracious, shameless, welcome to the mad. mad world of Nigel Mansell....
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great read, 25 July 2012
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