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Fayed: The Unauthorized Biography Paperback – 23 Nov 2001
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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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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.
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"
Thank you very much for the second copy you shipped after the first failed to arrive. If the first copy arrives in due course, I will gratefully return it to you. Your service has been excellent for all things in your control. I will not hesitate on that count to use the Amazon/Swestbooks service again in the future if I'm in need.
After the currency exchange and credit card charges, I am still happy with the cost of obtaining the book because it is a special birthday present otherwise unobtainable in it's new state here in NZ.
The book itself is probably not as detailed as my friend would like since he used to be pilot for Fayed, but it is likely to fill in lots he did not otherwise learn. I have started to read it and find it quite readable in a "gossipy" sort of way. I'd recommend it for anyone who wises to learn more about Mohammed Fayed - there are few other sources available other than media items.
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