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Alex Ferguson: My Autobiography Audio Download – Unabridged

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Format: Hardcover
I would have read this book in my own time, but the hyperbole and screaming headlines in the press, and reactions from those allegedly disrespected, prompted me to buy and read it quickly. After all, the single star reviews on Amazon were prolific and, if accurate, showed two surprising facts: 1) Sir Alex had betrayed the club; 2) there had been a sudden increase in the literary critique ability of the fans of other clubs. So I read it in three days - I had to as I could not put it down.

Sir Alex always maintained this was a book for the fans; fans who had remained steadfast with United and were owed an explanation of the gaps remaining in the journey of the last 26 years. And I found this was so. It is written in such a way as to be conversational, not great literary prose, but solid, honest words which every United fan would understand. He deals with his own errors of judgement and his drive to maintain a high standard, recognising early on that no man was greater than the club.

This is a book of Sir Alex's personal view of his time in charge and he lays everything out for a reader to digest. His dealings with Keane, Beckham, van Nistlerooy and his comments about Gerrard, Chelsea, Liverpool and all the rest from the headlines were not as reported. Even Wayne Rooney would find more praise than he may deserve - though he remains on the brink of becoming one of The Manchester United Greats, should he chose to [I hope he does]. I found the comments full, sound and robust, but not unfair. This is not a book about training methods and the technicalities of the game, though there are enough references as to tactics of particular games, or years, but a filling in of the gaps left unanswered from the last couple of decades.
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Format: Hardcover
This is not really an autobiography. It is more of an explanation for things that have happened to him or he has done through his life and career. As a result it really does compliment his autobiography My Life of about 2009 (that is much more an autobiography than this). It makes you realise what the papers say he said about Keane or Gerrard etc in this book is not what he says at all. Read the book, not the papers! it tells stories of Ferdinand, Keane and many others and why he did what he did. it is a book that has integrity and honesty. It is also a really good read. I would suggest a must for any football fan. Worth looking out for the updated version published a year or so after his retirement. SUPERB.
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I had been looking forward to reading this for a long time. I'm not a Man U fan, but I'm fascinated by what they (he) did and how it was done. There are many interesting facts in the book but, to put it bluntly, it is poorly written. As a few other reviewers have noted, it jumps all over the place with a strange scattergun approach to any topic that left me feeling that it was, overall, just a massive collection of anecdotes stitched together rather randomly. A man of this stature would have had his story greatly enhanced by engaging one or more professional writers. Just as he starts telling a story that sounds interesting he'll suddenly be reeling off a whole pile of facts about other players and things that just detract from the current theme, switching years and decades in and out. You think he'll go back to the theme, but no, it often seems like unfinished business, just a collection of thumbnail sketches.

On top of this, a great deal of what he writes could be written by anyone with a decent knowledge of the club. Constant references such as "we went to Wimbledon and won 3-0 but Rooney was a bit off form" are not terribly exciting. In fact, you get far better analysis in the newspapers. These mundane facts litter the book and give us no real insight at all into what really goes on behind the scenes.

Nonetheless, all the anecdotes and side-stories are interesting and I never felt like not finishing it! Just don't expect him to stay terribly close to the chapter title or to any theme for any length of time or in anything other than superficial depth.
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Loved this book. Took it on holiday with me for something to read beside the pool and simply couldn't set it down. So much I didn't know even as a life long Manchester United fan. It really plays on the strings of your emotions this book and makes you miss the man so much more.
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Format: Hardcover
(WARNING: The review of this book may or more likely will contain spoilers!)

Do you know what's ironic, or at least has the potential to be ironic? In the opening chapter of Sir Alex Ferguson's autobiography, he mentions that after an entertaining 5-5 draw with West Brom in his final league game in charge of Manchester United at the conclusion of the 2012/13 season, Ryan Giggs jokingly said in the dressing room that "David Moyes has just resigned." Well based on United's performances so far this season, that piece of supposed light humour may very well become a reality in the near future.

But while that debate rages in the football forums, I have a review to take care of...this book. It's been highly talked about since its release with some ex-United players not taking too kindly to Fergie's opinions and choice of words. As a Manchester United supporter (there, I said it!) I found it to be a highly enjoyable read; but even if I wasn't a supporter I still would've found it more than engaging enough to see it through to the end. I don't think it's quite the blow-your-eyebrows-off-of-your-face book that the media have made it out to be, but it certainly grabs your attention and gets you thinking.

While there is a bit of talk about Alex Ferguson's early life and managerial days at St.Mirren and Aberdeen, this book mainly focuses on the period between 2001/02 (the season he was supposed to retire but then changed his mind) and 2012/13 (when he did actually retire). He talks a lot about his thinking behind his transfer purchases, the United youth system, his methods of dealing of problematic players, and the in-game tactics used to ensure the Red Devils remained a competitive force both in the English Premiership and in the UEFA Champions League.
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