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Colin Frizzle's review of Driving Ambition,
This review is from: Driving Ambition - My Autobiography (Hardcover)
''Ding dong' I said as I unbuttoned my trousers at the sight of my beautiful wife sitting opposite me in the hotel... following ashes victory. A small urn popped into sight...'
Well the book isn't quite like this (how I'd secretly hoped). Instead is a remarkable insight into the mind of someone who clearly endeavours to uphold great sporting virtues as a mechanism to fuel success; not risqué but hugely admirable. For this the reader loves Strauss and the book. He clearly is a natural leader of men. You learn the extent to which he tries to bring people together for a greater good. This challenge and indeed his personal challenges with his own form can be quite exhausting at times and you really get a sense of the pressure and conflicts that Strauss had to deal with. Fascinating reading.
Other and final point: I imagine that I'm not the only person who was hoping for a bit of juicy gossip to score evens, such as working with people like KP and the texting affair that one supposed would be connected to his retirement. Well there's enough there to fuel the appetite, but the example of the big call to Tuffers for sleeping in who then tells him to 'bog off old chap' (owtte) gives you an understanding that he aint no Alex Ferguson (also just written his autobiography). This is not a criticism I guess, as it proves the resoluteness of Strauss to not insult anyone, but focus on getting the best out of them. Clearly the attributes of a leader and a great man.
That said, my only frustration with the book is Strauss' description of his relationship with the media; his friends at the fourth estate, the vultures in the press etc. Something widely believed that Strauss was fantastic at dealing with and pinned him down as a great, and many readers would be interested to learn about this. By taking you on a tale of the complexity and importance of this interface to a cricketing captain you see his dealing with this. But, and big but, I felt Strauss rather undermines the whole battlefield by saying that they're actually sort of singing from the same hymn sheet later in the book when describing joining Sky commentary. Oh ok then.
That said buy the book, you'll enjoy it loads in my opinion.