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3.0 out of 5 stars The lovable Bernie, 21 Feb. 2011
This review is from: Bernie: The Biography of Bernie Ecclestone (Hardcover)
As other reviewers have said this book paints Bernie in a favourable light and whether a family friend - as Susan Watkins is - was best best placed to act as a biographer is open to debate. However, we do get a picture of the human side of Bernie, so well hidden in those frustrating TV interviews where Bernie normally answers a question with 'lets wait and see'. Worshipped by some of his close associates, derided by others, Watkins unviels a sometimes lonely man, for all his millions, compulsively seeking the next deal. It is not all pro-Bernie either as some associates, like former Brabham design genius Gordon Murray, recount a degree of double dealing that cost them dear (but then tend to blame themselves whilst admiring Bernie for getting the better of them!). The early chapters dealing with Bernie's Suffolk childhood and his early days in the second hand car trade are fascinating and had the book stopped there I would have given it more stars. Whilst this is a book about Mr Formula One, there is too much racing with details of races that appear in many other books. This is not the author's - who is more used to historical subjects - strong point and a number of errors creep in (e.g. Bernie wanting Parmalat sponsorship on the car beacuse of the crisp blue and white colour scheme whereas it was actually mainly red with some blue for the first two seasons). There is also very little on Bernie's relationship with Max Moseley, something that is worthy of a detailed assessment.
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