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Bernie's Game : Inside the Formula One World of Bernie Ecclestone Hardcover – 1 Mar 2003

4.3 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Metro Books, London (1 Mar. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843580500
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843580508
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.8 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 417,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Terry Lovell, a former national newspaper investigative reporter, is author of A Camera in Colditz, An Invasion of Privacy, and Number One Millbank


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Format: Hardcover
Terry Lovell isn't a racing expert - he's an investigative journalist, which makes him ideally qualified to write this biography of Bernie Ecclestone. Most of what Ecclestone has done has little to do with racing - Bernie's world is all about money, power, deals, and intrigue. Racing just happens to be something Bernie enjoys and has built his fortune around.
The first half of the book is a relatively conventional biography of Ecclestone - his childhood, how he made his first couple of fortunes, his ownership of the Brabham F1 team and his eventual rise to power within FOCA, the body that represents the constructors. The FISA-FOCA "war" that threatened to tear F1 apart in the early 80s is described in detail. This half of the book is rich in anecdotes, quotes and incidents, and is great fun.
The second half of the book looks at the last 15 years or so and more particularly how Bernie has gradually taken control of almost all the commercial aspects of F1 - TV, race promotion, etc - and how he went from millionaire to billionaire. The politics and deals are bigger, but the writing is a bit flatter when the story heads away from the circuits.
I'll admit that big business isn't something I spend a lot of time reading about, and that racing is, so I found the first half of the book considerably more enjoyable than the second - but the depth of research Lovell has put into the book, and the insight he's achieved into the often rather murky political/financial dealings behind F1 are very obvious and the many conflicting threads of control are clearly explained.
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By A Customer on 15 Nov. 2004
Format: Paperback
More information on the little man than I've ever seen in one place! No other biography of him is this complete.
Gives a pretty good idea of what drives BCE; the final chapter(s) have yet to be written...
One comment - get a better proofreader.
Some of the grammatical & contextual errors could have been corrected by a child.
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This is one for the motor racing hardcore. It starts off OK describing Ecclestone's rise to wealth and fame. Then it becomes seriously bogged down (in my opinion) with motor racing politics and economics, which I found heavy going. So I have given it a rest. I might go back to it one day. I found Burning Rubber by Charles Jennings a very interesting insight into racing, past and present.
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