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Fayed: The Unauthorized Biography Paperback – 23 Nov 2001

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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; New Ed edition (23 Nov. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330372394
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330372398
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 13.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 450,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mohamed Fayed has become Britain's most controversial tycoon. Flamboyant and condemned by DTI inspectors as a 'liar' and 'guilty of deception on a grand scale', Fayed, who has always bitterly attacked these findings has defied his critics and, unrestrained, has wilfully imposed himself on British public life. Taking the fiery Egyptian as his latest subject, Tom Bower has produced an outstanding biography of compulsive readability whose authority is enhanced by conversations with Fayed and over 200 of his friends and enemies. The tormented and bizarre journey of the poor boy from Egypt who became the self-proclaimed king of Knightsbridge is a saga reminiscent of an epic Hollywood thriller . . . 'A brilliant insight into the career of a driven man . . . a fascinating study in ambition' Express 'An unforgettable demolition job' Guardian 'There is enough sex and intrigue here for a sequel to the Arabian Nights' Sunday Times 'Tom Bower has triumphantly told the truth about an awful man' Spectator


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This was a really comprehensive biography of the life of Fayed. The book takes you through his lowly Egyptian origin-- his poor family, and first job selling Coca-Cola on the street--through his first successes, and his first marriage. Then the book shows the reader how he completely “remade” his public image, his family, and ancestors!
Most of the book is slower reading because it details all of his business dealings extensively. But that is really what Fayed’s life is all about—BUSINESS. I did not enjoy this book as much as Bower’s other books, such as the one he did on Princess Diana, but that is because of the type of life Fayed led, not because Bower’s writing is not as good. I just want readers to know that this book is NOT read easily, or quickly. But it will answer ALL questions about Fayed, who he is, his life, his brothers, his business associates—friends and enemies--his business dealings, personal dealings, AND what caused all the hoopla about the British Secret Service assassinating Dodi and Diana. Part of it was the “Arab psyche,” and part of it was Fayed’s effort to take any focus off the driver’s inebriated condition.
This book answered ALL of my questions about Fayed, and I am glad I purchased the book. If you are interested in Fayed, by all means, buy this book.
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By A Customer on 15 Dec. 1999
The rise to fame, wealth and power of Mohammed Al Fayed has been intriguing to many people
In his unauthorised biograpy Tom Bowyer suceeds in unpeeling some of the wrapping surrounding Mohammed Al Fayed and his origins.
Utilisng information from disgruntled former employees, friends of Tiny Rowland and his own knowledge of Fayed before the relationship with him went sour,Bowyer has created a book that you can pick up and put down but you know that you have to finish.
For anyone with a love of business and curiosity of how maverick individuals get to the top and what they do when they get there this book is a "must read"
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See my Profile page for my review of this author's Maxwell. This also was very informative & a lighter read than Maxwell told with some humour. Not for everyone as the life of a busy businessman in a business world but I enjoyed it. He too lives in Gstaad, Switzerland. After reading this book, I went on to Tom Bower's Tiny Rowland which I didn't much like although in the same writing style. Of course, Mr Fayed is Adnan Khashoggi's cousin. See my Profile page for Jonathan Aitken's Margaret Thatcher.
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I was worried when it arrived because it was much longer than I thought it would be but then it turned out to be very thorough while still very readable. I like Tom Boyer's easy style and read his Branson and Diana books too. I think Fayed is one of the best biographies I have ever read (and I have read LOTS!). It reveals a lot about Al Fayed (or Fayed) and includes both his family life and public/business life. I had no idea Fayed started life from a poor family in Egypt. A lot of the business analysis was wasted on me but would interest others. The story of how he got Harrods is of course the most interesting bit. Other parts could have maybe been a bit shorter but I'll give it 5 stars as I really enjoyed it overall.
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