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Formula One and Beyond: The Autobiography Hardcover – 18 Jun 2015
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Max Mosley was born in 1940, the son of Oswald and Diana Mosley. After graduating from Oxford University, he qualified as a barrister before becoming involved in motor sport, initially as a driver. He then led the March Formula One team before eventually becoming President of the FIA, the governing body of motor sport, a position he held between 1993 and 2009.
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As for being an Autobiography is lacking quite a lot. It starts with great detail about the family background etc. which I found it a bit long yet very interesting but then it moves to FIA and it feels like Max Mosely had no life beyond it. It almost never mentions family, being a husband, being a father or even being a friend so we would have even a little idea on how he lived as a private person.
Of course there are a few chapters covering his sex scandal. He makes quite a few remarks about how it was a little part of his life and meant nothing but tells also how his wife thought it was a joke when he first showed her the article clearly not knowing what he was doing with multiple women in his free time. Anyway, since this is an Autobiography I think it would have been interesting if he at least mentioned how his wife and his family were coping with the situation or just about them in general as the book covers nothing. Even when he mentions the death of his son it is quite emotionless. I understand there are topics that might be difficult to talk about but if you are writing an Autobiography you might as well do it properly.
I read many books before and you get to know things about the writer a little bit, how family is important for them, what they value, what hobbies they have, whether they are extrovert or introvert etc. In this book you find nothing except for lots of historical facts about F1 and FIA and the News of The World saga from Max Mosley's point of view. It is rather shame I finished the book having more questions than answers.
I agree to a point with some of the other reviewers - some parts of the book are full of acronyms and who said what to who. Overall I enjoyed it. There are some insights but some of them are Max's view of events and I do wonder if that is exactly how it happened. When he lead the FIA its actions always seem fair and balanced when reading Max's account. All we mere mortals have to go on is the accounts related in the press at the time. As this is Mosley's autobiography it is (from his point of view) a true account. As the end of the book shows, we should not necessarily believe anything we read in newspapers. It also seems that Bernie is a hard but fair negotiator who never sets a foot wrong. Hmmm. But Bernie is funny.
I applaud Mosley for including coverage of the News of The World story. I have to admit I would have liked News International to have been dragged through the mud a bit more. I wanted more detail of the dirty doings of the Dirty Diggers, dirty henchmen but I guess it is an important but (time wise) a small part of his long career. Perhaps he will write another book about this but I doubt it. Overall liked it very much but you do have to be a Formula 1 fan.
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Max is a very clever man.
I personally found Bernie Ecclestone's book of far more interest.